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Cape Breton Island (1948)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 8 May 1948 (USA)
This Traveltalks short film explores the history, land, and people of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada including the summer home and the final resting place of Alexander Graham Bell.
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James A. FitzPatrick ... Self - Narrator

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This travelogue features the approximately eight hundred square miled Cape Breton Island, which is separated from the mainland by about a mile, and which comprises the northeastern most section of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It is primarily rural but nonetheless still progressive in lifestyle. Despite many place names, including that of the island itself, coming from the French who initially settled it, the inhabitants are primarily Scottish by ethnicity, one such former resident being Alexander Graham Bell of telephone fame. The first stop is the Bras D'Or Lake (translated "arms of gold") - perhaps named due to the light of the setting sun off the water - and the neighboring town of Baddeck just outside of where Bell lived. The next stop is the scenic Margaree Valley through which the Cabot Trail traverses, the river one of the few in the province in which salmon spawn. Besides the primary economic activity of agriculture, the valley sports an active hook rug making cottage... Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional
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The Edge Of The World
27 October 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Did John and Sebastian Cabot really land on this island in 1497? That's one of the things that James A. Fitzpatrick says in this Traveltalk, but he keeps yammering on with random facts in every one of the series. I think it's an early example of what we view today, with all the experts on TV and the other media in these days of a 24-hour news cycle. They have to keep talking, or some one else will, and they'll never work again. I think the impulse has a different origin. I think Fitzpatrick wants you to think that there's so much about this place that's interesting -- whichever place it is -- that there isn't enough time to say everything interesting about this place.

Me, I'll watch, even if Fitzpatrick shuts up, which I often wish he would. This is one of the most beautiful of the Traveltalks, and the copy that plays on Turner Classic Movies is one of the best preserved.


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USA

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English

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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