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Coves & Caves
Coves & Caves

Coves & Caves 1920


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Coves & Caves 1920

12 mins United Kingdom

This magical and whimsical travelogue of north Cornwall beauty spots is presented as a series of scenic picture postcards. There are exquisite views of Padstow and Boscastle harbours. Quaint, poetry-peppered intertitles add a folkloric atmosphere: the film's explorations of sea caves and forests in search of mermaids evoke Cornish legend. This is Eden before the Project.

There's a smattering of experimental camera work here too: look out for the extreme wide-screen view of Wadebridge, the aerial shot of Trevose Head, as well as the artful vignettes and fades. The film is one of a series of 'Beauty of Britain' travelogues made by Claude Friese-Greene (son of cinema pioneer William). Friese-Greene would go on to garner major plaudits for a subsequent travelogue project, The Open Road (1925), which documents a journey from Land's End to John O'Groats and was shot with an experimental colour system.




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