This late 1940s color film about France is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues as A Hartley Production. The film opens with a man in a beret talking on a 1940s telephone (:36-1:24). He discusses the Pan American double-deck Clippers on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (introduced in 1947) and the lounge area is shown with a stewardess serving canapes (1:24-2:08), followed by the sleeping berths (2:25-2:30). In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue has jaywalkers picked up by a taxi, and many other 1930s and 1940s automobiles and motorbikes are shown (2:39-5:43). They pass the Cappadonna opera square (4:39-5:40). They arrive at Palais de Chaillot. The camera pans to the Eiffel Tower before riding up in the elevator looking out and down at the top (5:41-7:05). A ride on the Seine River passes Notre Dame Cathedral and closeups of its carvings are shown, as are its stained-glass windows (7:06-8:24). People browse through bookstores on the street and read them at a sidewalk café (8:26-8:52). A flea market is packed with items as a man plays an accordion (8:53-9:35). Another area is full of fresh produce (9:36-10:08). People dine at the legendary Tour d’Argent restaurant. A waiter serves duck, which is pressed for the camera (9:37-10:40). The funicular takes visitors to the top of the Sacre Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart Cathedral) in Montmartre (10:41-11:25). A group of people sit and talk in French at a table (11:45-12:19). A woman sings to guitar music for diners at the Moulin de la Galette (12:28-12:50). In the Luxembourg Gardens, the shadow of a man and woman kissing reflects on the lawn, followed by close-ups of various flowers (13:54-14:18). People chat and eat at sidewalk cafes (14:20-14:44). People board what the film calls a Swedish bus (14:45-15:08). The Chateau (Palace) of Versailles was created by Louis XIV, and includes beautiful statues, gardens, and fountains, including one made of shells (15:09-16:30). Loire Valley is full of vintage chateaus, including the Chateau de Blois with its statue of Louis XII and spiral staircase (16:31-17:35). The Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau is on an island (17:37-18:23). The Chateau de Chambord was built by Francis I as a hunting lodge, with elaborate maze gardens (18:24-19:00). A team of oxen pulling a wagon move through the grapes in Bordeaux, followed by men spraying the grapes (19:17-20:05). A couple drinks wine as a chef demonstrates taste, smell, and hearing (20:05-20:20). Carcassonne is the remains of an ancient fortified town (20:21-21:40). Nice is on the Riviera (21:42-22:38). The beach is covered in umbrellas (22:40). Water jousting is shown (23:15-23:38). A tent village is shown on the beach (23:40-24:00). A woman in a bikini slalom water skis (24:01-24:30). The Folk Festival is celebrated on July 14 with costumes, bands, and entertainment (24:31-25:45). Shown are a May pole dance, a flute and drum band, and costumed dancers (25:46-27:30). The Boeing 377 Stratocruiser flies overhead and a 1940s lapel pin is shown (27:32-27:45).
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