This film is held by the BFI (ID: 446473).


INTEREST. Travelogue. A compilation film purporting to be a journey through Africa, using stock footage, and extracts from non-fiction and fiction films.

Main title and credits (56). Foreword (135). The Sphinx, pan to Pyramids (145). Pan up from the feet of the Sphinx to its head (178). An Egyptian temple (193). Travelling shot along the River Nile (197). Man walks over rock-cut obilesk still in situ in the rock (215). The Temple of Isis, Philae (258). A fort (?) on cliff above the river (265). Abu Simbel; Temple of Rameses II (294); Temple to Nefertari (303). Scenes representing the ceremonies of the temples (445). The Nile (452). Arabs on bank of the river collecting water (468). Travelling shot along the Nile; a water wheel in action (502); closer view of the wheel and the cog mechanism (545). Pan right over town (552). Street scenes (563); a brass seller (566); a workshop - a camel turns a device which a man uses to shape/mould metal (?) (581). Street scenes (585). Pan over same town (594). Intertitle stating a visit to the Nubian Desert (603). Shots of a camel caravan (782). A gazelle (816). Travelling shots of the caravan (862). Semi-agricultural land; herds of sheep; a road and hills; a trackway to a village (941). Pan of town at foothills; the town has a minaret (1038). The camel caravan (1059). Street scenes; MCU of a family group (1088). Street scenes - a market place (1094). A church (?) tower (1096). A small trolley/train service with the name `Cle. B.O.R. no. 5'; in the background is the Palace Hotel; a French officer, accompanied by a woman, gets into the trolley car (1130). Arab women emerge from a house; followed by men (1761). A man poses for camera (1192); old women pose (1213); CU of four men's faces (1252); a father and daughter (1260). Street scenes taken through an archway (1287). Further street scenes (1335). Three Arabs by a well (1352). A camel train at rest, herds of sheep and goats (1413). An Arab rides a horse to an oasis (1430). A wooded valley (1444). A group of Arabs (Berbers?) sit by their tents with their guns stacked in pyramids (1448). A white-washed fort on a hilltop (1476). A Berber running through the hills (1519) A sandstorm (1571). The valley (1583). Sunset through the palm trees (1610). [The previous scenes are more likely to be French North Africa rather than the Nubian desert]. A map showing the route to Lobenga on the Tanzanian (?) coast (1617). HAS pan right of the town of Lobenga (1625). Coastline of cliffs (1639). An African pushes a turtle from the sea onto a beach; he rides it (1692). Hordes of turtles returning to the sea after laying their eggs (1770). Fishermen collect two turtles and place them in their boat (1812). African collecting turtle eggs; three Africans stand with their piles of eggs, one eats an egg (1822). Baby turtles emerging from sand (1888). African rides back of turtle (1894). A sailfish is held up by a European fisherman and two natives for the camera; its fin is extended (1902).

Rl. 2. Intertitle stating that the journey continues from Lake Victoria to the Belgian Congo (13). A water wheel (very similar to the one previously seen on the Nile) (45). The shore of the lake (?) (101). Travelling shot along a river (111). Africans pulling the boat through the water (149). Travelling shot from the boat (158). The bridge of the ship; the boat sails through a reed-lined waterway (245). Arabs/Africans loading wood; two river boats are in the background (261). Travelling shots of village consisting of huts (294). HAS of natives on river bank (303). Ground shot of the Africans (310); in their village (315). CU of faces of Asians (sic); a tame elephant is in the background (391). HAS of African village (404). Africans walking along a waterway (413). African women cooking and preparing food (425). Travelling shot from the boat leaving the village (437). Travelling shot of the river (483). Jungle (496). A monkey swimming in the river; taken by a crocodile (523). Crocodiles (534). The river bank (541). A reed canoe with Africans in it (585). A village or trading post - a Red (?) Ensign flies from a post (601). Travelling shot from car as it drives along track in the bush; Africans on the road; carrying pots on heads to a village; natives pose for camera (753). Africans by tree, pose then dance for camera (783). Africans on road in bush (790). A village (793). Africans weaving very large baskets; their huts stand on thick wooden branches (823). Bushland (868). ELS of wildebeest (886); antelope (901); monkeys on rocks and in trees (939); jungle (944). A dead elephant - hunters pose with it; Africans carry off the skull and tusks (984). A termite mound, Africans and two Europeans pose in front of it (992). Two Africans hold a dead hyena or wild dog (1001). Sap from a tree (1024). Antelope (1040). Masai warriors pose for camera; a man and woman Masai. The three warriors show interest in a record player which is playing (1110). Antelope (1120). A station wagon drives through the jungle, helped by Africans, who then carry a large log (1172). Travelling shot from car of rhinoceros (1206). A dead rhino (1212); two European hunters with the dead rhino (1238). Flamingoes on a large lake (1276). A rhino attacks the car (1296). Giraffes (1313). Ostriches (1411). A lion being shot at; the lion dead (1428). The hunter with his kill (1445). CU of hand pointing to bullet hole between the eyes of a tiger (sic) (1451); tiger slashes on the trunk of an elephant (1461). The tiger's mouth is held open (1469); the claws are shown (1486). Africans and Europeans with the lion (1499). Indian elephants (1505). Lions running (1510). Chimp with two oran-utang (1513). Tigers (1514). A hyena (1526). Monkeys in a tree (1539). Birds on a pond including pelicans (?) and mallard ducks (1549). A reindeer (1554). Monkeys (1557). A leopard with a monkey (1561). Goats with a tiger (1565). A donkey with a lion (1572). Lions (1575). Tigers (1589). Leopards (1600). Monkeys (1615). Scenes from a fiction film in which a native runs from an elephant; another native hunts something (1690). A European collecting water from the ground and putting it into a can (1730). A watering hole (1761). African porters (1780). Dead elephant as seen from 944 ft; Europeans clamber over the dead elephant, measure its tusks and bounce on it (1828). Cutting up the elephant (1832).

Rl. 3. Continuation of the fiction film, intercut with stock footage of animals (179). Four dead lions in a row (186); loaded from a wagon; a European hunter shows the teeth (221). Vultures (236). A dead hippopotamus; its skin is cut off by Africans (289). A dead zebra (300). Africans dance in celebration; a long line of men with spears stamp feet; then form two lines (330). Sunset filmed from a boat. Sunrise (354). A settlement by a lake (?) (371). A river (377). Africans on a beach prodding the sand with a stick and scrapping away the sand, looking for turtle's eggs (?) (409). The confluence of two rivers (?) (423). Africans (or possibly Aborigines) with intricate body painting, dancing, spear throwing and engaged in a mock battle (490). MCU of body scarring over man's back (537). Scenes in a village including weaving baskets (570). Landscape (592). Waterbuffalo (618). A river plane with mountains and hills (749). Women dancing - possibly Pacific islanders (769). A fiction film showing a battle between two tribes, possibly Maoris (829). African porters on an expedition wade through a river intercut with animals at a waterhole and hippos (913). The fiction film, natives run (943). Lions (960). Elephants, lions, chimps, oran-utang (as previously seen), and a tiger (1005). Wildebeest and zebra at a waterhole (1034). A tiger sleeping (1051). A tiger running while being shot at (1068). Filmed at night, an African dance (1116). Porters in the bush (1151). In a village the porters are given food as they line up (1180). The porters setting off (1201). Water buffalo (1213). Africans with a dead buffalo (1241). A European measures its horns (1252). Porters carrying the kill in bits on poles (1271). Africans making fire by rubbing a stick (1328). Tiger and antelope (1380). Porters (1392). Hunter with dead elephant (1415). Africans dig a hole and bury the head of the elephant (?); the meat is divided up and carried off; the remains of the carcass (1517). A ceremony at an African settlement; crowds stand in line (1543). The trophy wall of the settlement with tusks, buffalo heads etc. (1585). Zulus dancing watched by large crowd (1700). Masai jumping (1757). Sunset over lake (1764). The End (1777). (5511ft)

Note: Poor film quality throughout.

Note: Although a sound film, the sound track consists of classical music which bears no relationship to the action. Much of the film would appear to be silent material.

Note: Although there is a copyright date on the film, the title is not listed in the Library of Congress copyright catalogues.




Technical Data

Running Time:
61 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
35mm Film
5505 ft

Production Credits

Production Countries:
Sound Recording
Hoffman Sound Studios
Production Company
Centaur Productions
HOFFMAN, Michael