Film ID:
YFA 1249

INVADERS FROM THE SEA

1964

Visitor Tabs

Description

This is an amateur documentary made by Jack Eley about the places that invaders of Britain came from in Northern Europe.

The film begins with someone closing the pages of 'The Long Ships' by Frans Bengtsson. Then the film shows a map of Britain and North Europe indicating the routes taken by invaders after the Romans left in 410 AD. The commentary informs that first the Saxons came, followed by the Angles, the Jutes and then, 400 years later, the Vikings. There are of the Norwegian coastline and the port of Bergen, with the fish market. The film then switches to show mountain streams and waterfalls, with winding mountain roads and background music of Edvard Grieg. There are old style farm huts on the mountainsides with turf thatching. Then the small town of Sandnes by a river, with evidence of the destruction from World War Two and new timber houses are shown being built. A variety of different styles of housing are also shown as well as some timber children's playhouses, and several children pose for the camera.

The next scene features a boat going up the Geiranger fjord, with the Waterfall of the Seven Sisters. Further along some women are haymaking, the old way by hand. A man and a woman move the hay into long lines on a field to be dried. There are more mountain streams and waterfalls, and then from high up on a mountain, it looks down onto the fjord. Looking to trace the source of the mountain stream, the film goes high up into the mountains where there are snow and ice cold lakes. A group of people are shown 5,000 feet high up on a mountain with magnificent views towards Sweden.

On the map, the origins of the Saxons are shown near the River Elbe and the port of Hamburg, which is shown from the estuary with many boats and a large cruiser ship. Then back to the map again to show where the Jutes came from, and in an open-air museum a typical croft from the Faroe Islands has been preserved, along with a fisherman's hut from Jutland and a farmer's house with a magnificent thatched roof and windmill. There are also ancient farmsteads from Sweden and Denmark. Later, another windmill is seen from Zeeland, where we see the bronze figure of the 'Little Mermaid' looks out to sea. The commentary informs us she is a character created by Hans Christian Anderson. Again the film shows a fish market, this time in Copenhagen, with eels being cut up and local people. This is followed by showing the Autumn Residence at Fredensborg, and another palace situated by three lakes, with a last look at the 'Little Mermaid' statue.

Returning to the map, it now shows the invasion up the English Channel to Chatham in 1666 of De Ruyter's Dutch fleet. The film then moves to a boat going up a canal into Amsterdam, showing bridges, warehouses, expensive houses, cafes and other buildings of Amsterdam. On the same cruise at night, many places are lit up. Then the map shows where the dyke was built across the Zuiderzee in 1932 to reclaim the land as well as old buildings in Marken in the Zuiderzee, with clogs outside a house. Other houses are also shown. There are many women wearing traditional costumes, some sewing, and having traditional hair styles. There are also children wearing traditional costumes, some pushing old style prams. Then the journey continues across the water to the fishing village of Volendam with boats lined up in the harbour. Again people are wearing traditional dress, and a row of fisherman sit, dressed in blacks with clogs, in front of their boats. The film ends with views of fishing boats sailing on the inland lake.