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A 1955 film illustrating travels in central-northern Iran, bordering the Caspian Sea and Alborz Mountains capturing the landscapes and daily life of the region.

Amateur film 1955 17 mins


This amateur colour film includes the ancient stone tower of Kavus at Gorgon and the Grand Hotel at Ramsar on the Caspian Sea, routes through the Alborz or Elburz mountains and Mount Damavand, the highest peak. The film includes expeditionary treks using horses, camels and mules, along with aerial coverage of the valleys beneath the Elburz mountains taken from ‘Stinky Wings’; a light aircraft.

Filmed by Sir Clarmont Percival Skrine OBE (1888-1974) a British civil servant and administrator who served as the British consul-general in Kashgar from 1922 to 1924, Under-Secretary of State for India and agent for the Madras States from 1936 to 1939.