Brief shots on board a ship: a large crowd observes a boxing match. A man’s hands in the foreground fumble with a matchbook. CU of the two boxers, one throws a punch.
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16mm films from Arthur Schleifer (1892-1987) documenting tours of Europe in 1929 and the early 1930s, including Austria, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, France, Algeria, and Monaco. The films were shot by Arthur's uncle, the restaurateur Arnold Schleifer (1872-1950).
Americans vacation in France and Italy
With intertitles in English. Pan of a city from up above. A man and a woman pose on an outside patio overlooking the coast. Views of the city. 0:45 “Cap D’Antibes and a British Flotilla.” Coastal views with ships in the distance. 1:05 “The Funicular Railway down to Cannes.” Shots of the railway. A woman walks towards the camera from an upscale home. 1:25 “Hotel Imperiale and Gardens in Mentone.” A woman walks in front of luxurious hotel; walks around the gardens, stopping to smell a flower. The same woman sits at a table and then again walks around the gardens. 2:30 “Venice, Italy. St. Marks Place in the Rain.” Woman poses in the square with an umbrella. 2:45 “Feeding the Pigeons.” Woman with umbrella drops crumbs for pigeons around her, two eat out of her hand as she laughs. 3:24 “Views from the Gondola.” Venetian views from the water.
Visiting Vienna and Budapest; wedding
With intertitles in English. “Villach- on Austrian Border.” Woman walks around a parked car to the passenger door. 0:16 “Main Street of the Town near the Railway Station.” Busy street with people and carts passing by. 0:32 “On the way to Vienna.” Shot of a train station with sign reading “Judenburg.” 0:48 Shot of a train station with a sign reading “Knittelfeld.” People and a small dog pass in front of the camera. 1:06 “Vienna- The Ringstrasse- Before the Hotel Bristol.” Large Avenue with many people walking by. 1:20 “Some of the Gang Leave Us.” Group of well-dressed people smile and wave to the camera. 1:48 Man in comical hat waves to the camera. 1:57 “The Gardens at Schoenbrunn (Emperor Francis Joseph’s Summer Palace).” Two well-dressed women pose in front of expansive gardens; men behind them work on the landscaping. 2:18 “The Palace, Drill Court and Imperial Stables.” Pan of the palace, the two well-dressed women walk in the distance and other families walk around the pavilion. 2:50 “In a Fiacre on the way to Kobenzl.” Well-dressed woman in a horse-drawn carriage. 3:15 Shot of the forest, buildings in the distance. 3:21 “Lunching on the Terrace of the Kobenzl Hotel.” Well-dressed woman sits at a table on a sunny terrace; others take their seats behind her. 3:40 “In Baden bei Wein.” Horse-drawn carriage passes by; a woman waves to the camera. 3:52 “On the Reisenrad in the Prater (Vienna’s Coney Island).” Well-dressed woman smiles and laughs to the camera. Shots of the city below from the top of the Ferris wheel. 4:38 Monkeys play and climb on trees and wooden structures. 5:11 “The City Park in Budapest-Hungary.” “Before the Statue of Crown Prince Rudolf.” Well-dressed man and woman pose in front of the statue of the crown prince; they get into a car. 5:33 “On the steps of Saint Stephen’s Church- Awaiting the exit of the Wedding party.” Two lines on either side of the church door; a well-dressed man and woman towards the camera, stand outside a car decorated with flowers. 5:51 a man in uniform on a white horse on a busy street. 6:03 “The Bridal Procession and Guests.” Large group of people greet the bride, groom and wedding party as they exit the church. 6:42 “Parliament Building.” Well-dressed man and woman pose for the camera in front of a large fountain. 6:53 “Bridge across the Danube uniting Buda and Pest.” Views of Budapest, the bridge over the Danube. Men and a woman get into a car. 7:24 “The Imperial Palace and Gardens.” Views of the Palace, well-dressed woman walks towards the camera. 7:53 “On St. John’s Mountain near Empress Elizabeth’s Memorial Tower.” Views of Budapest and the Danube. 8:05 “The Sulphur Springs at St. Margaret’s Island.” CU of well-dressed woman in front of the springs. 8:18 “Views of the Austrian Tyrol from a moving train.” Views of the countryside, mountains, small villages.
Resort in mountains; Family poses
Pan of a spa town in the mountains, cafes. Views of the mountains and a stream. The village is likely Bad Gastein in Austria. 02:17 Views of a busy street. More views of the mountains and the town. A group of well-dressed people pose for the camera outside a building, one smokes a cigar. 03:36 An assembly of people in the street, likely Budapest, Gellért tér (square) 4:00 Two men sit at a table smoking on board a ship, a man in uniform (perhaps the captain) climbs the stairs and waves to the camera.) Views of the deck of the ship, people walk towards the camera. 4:46 Three young girls exit a gazebo-like structure in a garden and walks towards the camera, curtseying. The girls pose in a tree and again walking towards the camera, as if on a fashion runway. 6:11 Views of a toddler in a carriage. 6:25 Views of the family in the street, a public park. The children play with paper pinwheels.
Zoo; baths in Budapest, parade in Vienna or Budapest
Views of animals at a zoo including deer, a seal, lions. 01:27 People dancing on a small stage giving some sort of performance. 02:03 A horse race, the men riding them wield swords. 02:47 Views of a chic outdoor café, waiters wearing tuxedos stand by. 03:17 Views of a crowded outdoor pool and of the bathers lounging beside it. A woman in a bathing suit poses for the camera, walks towards it. This is possibly Gellert Bath in Budapest, Hungary. 4:09 Views of a large, possibly religious, procession of people in the street, a large crowd observes. CUs of the people in the procession as they walk by. [Unclear if this is in Vienna or Budapest.]
Vacationing in Italy, 1929; parade
Well-dressed woman walks around a manicured sculpture garden. Pan of a large building, terrace and mountains behind. 0:46 Pan of a café terrace; a string ensemble plays, waiters smile for the camera. 1:12 Well-dressed woman walks down the steps of a large building, walks towards the camera. 1:38 Views of a large sculpture, mountains in the distance. Children, group of women walk in front of a guarded fortress. 2:27 Pan of a café terrace, cars, bicycles pass by. Pan of a rooftop pool, women sit, drink at umbrella tables. A group plays in a fountain in the pool. Another pan of the pool. 3:57 Scene of the canals in Venice, pan of St. Mark’s Basilica with horde of flying pigeons. 4:46 Views of planes flying above a beach. A group wearing bathing suits walks along the boardwalk towards the camera. 5:32 Group of men in uniform. Pan of gondolas coming into the dock. 6:25 Men in uniform on horses. Parade of men in uniform march down a cobblestone street as a crowd looks on, other groups of men on horses, men and women in traditional clothing, nuns, more men in uniform, marching band follow.
Americans visit family in Vienna, 1930
Pan of well-dressed men and women seated and eating at dining tables on an outdoor patio. View of a city below them. 00:50 Pan of an ornate fountain and swimming pool. People wade in the water, a man slides down a waterslide. 1:27 Views of a large crowd of people in bathing suits. A well-dressed woman in the foreground. People mill about on the beach and in the water. 1:54 Views of a crowded outdoor café. 2:18 Pan of a gated building, perhaps an apartment. Three well-dressed people pose for the camera in front of the gate. The three walk in a garden towards the camera and pose for the camera at an outdoor table. 2:58 A man twirls a cane on a balcony, the two women stand behind him. 3:11 A man picks fruit from a tree, eats it. Views of the exterior of a house. The women enter onto the balcony; the three of them walk down the steps leading to the garden. They all smile and laugh, posing for the camera. 4:11 Views of the exterior of the opera house in Vienna. City activity, cars, buses and people pass by in the street. 4:33 Pan of another crowded outdoor café. Busy street scenes, well-dressed people walking. View of the street below from a balcony, a sign on a building reads “Grand Cafe Wien” Views of upscale buildings in Vienna. More street scenes, two women eat ice cream bars. 6:53 Pan of a large boulevard and upscale apartment buildings and shops above, horse-drawn carriages and buses and people pass in front of the camera. 8:10 Parade, including some men in uniform, march down a busy street, others look on from the sidewalk or their apartments. A marching band accompanies them. 9:00 Views of two well dressed women standing in the doorway of a building observing, a sign next to them reads "Puppenhaus" and “Quisisana.” Views from the same aforementioned balcony of the street below. 9:28 Views of an outdoor café, pan of the patio filled with diners as waitresses in white aprons walk about.
Ship SS France; Visiting Morocco and Spain
With intertitles in English. “Europe and the North Coast of Africa, 1929. Before sailing on deck of ‘SS France’” Large group of well-dressed men and women gather on the deck of the SS France for a group shot. 1.11 Man leans on the railing looking out. Other groups of people gather for group shots, laughing and embracing each other. A final large group of people form a line, walking on the deck of the ship. 1:47 “Dropping the Pilot.” Overhead shot of a small paddle boat and shots of the open water. 2:18 “Advertising the races during 5 o’clock tea.” Men in uniform carry large cutouts of horses and riders on the deck. A well-dressed couple lounges in the sun. 2:57 “The deck-tennis tournament.” Shot of three simultaneous mixed games of deck tennis; others look on and smile and wave at the camera. 4:26 Shot of the smoke stacks on top of the deck; three girls lean against the railing. 4:35 more shots of the three games of deck tennis. 5:08 shot of the large letters hung on the upper deck reading “FRANCE” as people move about on the deck below. 5:18 “Professor Michaelou (BB) explains his art.” Professor Michaelou smiles and speaks with a woman in a row of lounge chairs. 5:36 “Teneriffe and Canary Islands- First sight of land.” Pan of the open water and hilly island. 6:34 “Looking down on the native village in Casablanca, Morocco.” Shot of roofs, people walk in front of the camera on the street. 6:54 “Street Scenes.” Men and women walk down the street carrying children and baskets. A man stands in front of a field, looking at the camera. 7:18 “Ruins of a Mosque outside the city.” Pan of the ruins. 7:39 “We meet a camel on the road between Casablanca and Rabat.” A man and a large camel stand in a field, a well-dressed woman nervously approaches. 8:03 “Afternoon tea in a former Fortress in Rabat.” Men and women are served tea in an outdoor courtyard, one woman holds a camera. 8:21 “Entrance to Sultan’s Garden and Palace.” A man stands outside of a gate while another man comes to meet him. A couple climb the steps up to the palace doors. 8:44 “Gibraltar- The Park of Edward VII.” Pan of the city and the coast. Woman stands next to a monument, looks into a cannon next to it. The same women walks through the park. Pan of the fence around the park. 9:47 “The English Boundary.” A man passing by salutes the camera, soldiers in uniform cross the street. A horse and carriage ride by. 10:03 “No Man’s Land.” Shot of a field, horses and carriages. 10:21 “The Spanish Frontier.” A group of men talk with the coachman of a horse-drawn carriage. A soldier stands in front of another horse-drawn carriage driving by in front of the mountain. 10:44 “Street Scenes and a ‘Bull Ring’ in Linea, Spain.” Groups of children wave to the camera in front of a carriage. Man and woman stand in the center of the bull ring. Young boy riding a mule on the street. 11:25 “A British Warship and ‘SS New York’ before the Rock of Gibraltar.” Shots of the two large ships near the coast.
Touring Northern Spain and the French riviera
With intertitles in English. Shots from up above of the coast and a village below. 0:41 “Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Garde at Marseilles- France.” Shots of the cathedral, two fashionably-dressed women pose and smile for the camera in front of the beach. 1:02 “In the Courtyard of a former Count’s Estate.” The same two women and a man stand before a building with a large rose window. 1:19 “Hotel D’Angleterre in Biarritz.” A well-dressed woman and man exit the Hotel D’Angleterre and walk around the gardens. 2:00 “A drive to St. Jean Pied de Port.” Shot of a flowing river. Car stopped on the side of the road, two women inside. Two men light cigarettes outside the car. Entrance into the town, sign reads “St. Jean Pied de Port.” Pan of houses and narrow streets. A car passes through an old stone underpass and the two women then pose underneath it. A boy poses with a cattle cart, one of the women joins them. The three of them sit at a table outside of a restaurant. Shots of the street, the houses, passing bicyclists and people. 4:04 “On the Way to St. Jean de Luz.” Shots of the port, people offload two small boats. 4:25 “Crossing into Northern Spain.” Three men pose on the street with a car. Two women and a man walk down the steps of a building towards the camera. 4:46 “San Sebastian- Alfonso’s Summer Home.” Two women walk away from, and then towards the camera on the boardwalk. Children play ball in front of them. Shots of the coast. People walking on the road. 5:45 “Returning to Biarritz we stop at St. Jean de Luz and get hysterical over poster advertising the warm climate of San Sebastian.” Two women and a man smile and wave in front of a poster of a woman in a bathing suit. 6:05 “Views of Biarritz.” Coastal views, tide coming in. A couple walks in a garden. Pans of the cathedral, city and coast. People walk across a wooden bridge. Man and woman stand in front of the beach and enter a cave. Shots of the tide coming in. A woman in a bathing suit lounging on the sand. Woman poses in front of advertisements. 9:04 “Departing from Biarritz.” Man and woman look out from a train car. 9:29 “The Indo-Chine Cemetery of the World War Dead near St. Raphael.” Horse-drawn carriage. People stand outside of a small, Chinese-inspired building. Pan of the cemetery, a horse-drawn carriage and ruins. A woman walks around the ruins. 10:41 “Views of St. Raphael on the Riviera.” Three children: one playing the accordion, another on stilts and the third dancing. Shot of the beach. 11:11 “Cannes- The Yacht Basin.” Shots of sailboats. 11:19 “Hotel Gonnet et de la Reine on the Ocean Promenade.” A woman walks out of an upscale looking building, sign reads “Restaurant.” Shots of the promenade, palm trees and cars driving by from an overlooking window. A woman poses on the balcony. 11:58 “Courtyard of a Perfume Factory in Grasse.” Man and woman walk towards the camera in a tree-lined courtyard, a fountain in the distance. 12:15 “Shore and Hotels and Palm Beach Casino in Cannes.” Shots of the beach, a woman poses in front of the façade of the casino.
Journey continues in Konstanz, Zurich, and Paris; Family celebrations; Onboard the SS New York returning to America
With intertitles in English. “On the boat to Konstanz- Germany- scenes along the Bodensee.” Scenes of the town and seagulls from the water. 0:23 “The Insel Hotel and Gardens at Konstanz.” Shots of swans, other birds in the water. Well-dressed woman walks around the courtyard of the hotel. 1:13 “Scenes in Zurich- Switzerland.” Views of Zurich and the mountains behind it. 1:22 “The University.” Views of the University, city behind it and a busy, snowy street. A man directs traffic as a streetcar passes in front of the camera. 1:42 “The Garden of the Hotel Baur au Lac.” Well-dressed woman walks along a manicured garden. 1:53 “Paris.” Views of La Madeleine, la Place de la Concorde, L’arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs Elysees. Views of families, children in a park. 2:24 Large group of children sit in the park and watch a puppet show. CU of L’arc de Triomphe. View from underneath the Eiffel Tower. Views of the Seine River. Views of the Louvre. Views of Church Saint-Germin-l’Auxerrois. Views of l’Opera Garnier. CUs of the façade of the Opera. Views of busy boulevards, cafes. Men walk around with sandwich signs in a park. Busy street views. 4:00 “A week-end in La Champagne.” A group of well-dressed women laugh and do the can-can in front of the camera. Several men and dogs follow them off screen. A man leap-frogs over a line a women. CUs of a woman laughing and drinking from a bottle. CUs of couples laughing, kissing and posing for the camera. 5:34 “At the ‘Fours des Trois Rois’ on the Seine.” Group of men and woman seated at a table drink, smoke and sing for the camera. 6:04 “A drive to Moret and the ensuing Gayety.” Men and women in a car smile and wave to the camera as they drive off. Group of well-dressed men and women eating pastries walk towards the camera on a busy street. Views of a church, river. The group does the can-can along the banks of the river. 6:56 “Trianon- Versailles.” Two women walk around the gardens of Versailles. 7:34 “Monique and Henri at their Villa in St. Cloud.” CUs of young children playing with a ball. 8:54 The whole family poses for the camera. 9:27 “’Louise Wins’ (A Sketch) Gentlemen seeking diversion… Bob. Two Girl Friends… Alice and Miram. The Gigolo… Saul. Last but not least… Louise herself. And the Cameraman and Director. Arthur.” Two well-dressed women sit at a picnic table with a man, drinking. The man kisses one of the women, another woman enters and scares them away with an umbrella. She sits at the table, shaking her head. Another man joins her. 9:58 “Home on the SS New York.” Views of the ship, ocean, and another ship in the distance from the SS New York. A well-dressed woman sits on the deck, plays a game with another man. They sit at a small table and play tennis. View of the ship. 12:09 “Finis.”
Vacationing in France; Ship SS Leviathan returns to NY
Views of a busy outdoor café, well-dressed couples walk by the camera. 1:25 Rooftop views of a city, probably in France. 1:38 Views of stone ramparts with an outlook over the city, a group of people standing at the ledge look at the camera. Views of a busy shopping district, signs on stores read “Friseur,” “Parfumerie” and “Grand Hotel.” Two men exit the hotel and get into a convertible parked outside. Views of a passing trolley from a balcony. 2:44 An assembly of small paddle boats, carrying flags and small trees come into a dock, views of the beach. 3:29 Diners sit at an outdoor restaurant patio on the dock. Views of the beach, divers jumping from a diving board in the open water, an outdoor shower along the shore. 4:48 A man balances atop a large clock. Views of more divers, a larger boat passes in front of the camera behind them. 5:24 Views of a busy street in a shopping district; the façade of one store reads “Montres Longines” and “soldes” or “sales.” Street trolleys, cars and people go by. Views of a sculpture and the ornate façade of a building. More views of the shopping district. 6:45 Presumably aboard the ship SS Leviathan in September 1930, a woman sitting on a lounge chair reads a book on the deck of a ship. Pan of the deck, people play games, look out over the water. CUs of people sitting in more lounge chairs, a woman applies makeup and smiles at the camera.