Film ID: YFA 308 SWITZERLAND - MOUNTAIN PATHWAYS 1935 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film by Charles Chislett of a holiday with his wife Grace in Switzerland based in Zermatt, and using intertitles to identify the mountains and other attractions. The film begins by showing the following mountains in turn: Jungfrau, Monch' and Eiger. Some people sit on a bench high up looking out over the scenery, with a Swiss flag flying. A man leads two ponies over a mountain track. Intertitle - Next morning we find the school waiting for the train Children are waiting on a station platform. Intertitle - On the way to the Jungfraujoch we take a last look at the Jungfrau before entering the 5 ? mile tunnel at Eiger Glacier Station. Another, different, view of the mountain is shown before they board the train. Intertitle - Eigerwand Station (9,393 feet) a window in the north face of the Eiger Visitors look down and across the valleys and mountains. Intertitle - Eismer Station (10,368 feet) above grim fairyland of fantastic ice pinnacles and crevasses An array of ice pinnacles and crevasses is shown. Intertitle - From the Jungfraujoch hotel (11,338 feet) we look over the Aletsch Glacier, the largest in Europe A small group of people can be seen in the distance on the giant glacier. Intertitle - From the "Josch" gliders were being launched over a 4,000 feet precipice A glider is pushed into position and then two lines of people catapult it over the edge using long ropes. One glider, 'Olympia' from Berlin, has a swastika on it. It too is catapulted over the edge. There are some black birds. Intertitle - One longs for weeks to explore the high hills More mountains are shown, and two men make their way along a snow covered mountain path on skis. Intertitle - You could find the Lauterbrunnen goat market blindfolded!! The market is shown, with two goats head butting each other, near where a man is chopping wood. Intertitle - The Staubbach on a windy day The waterfall is shown with water spraying, followed by a grazing cow. Intertitle - leaving the Oberland we travel to Zermatt in the Valais. In a mountain village a man carries a dead hare in one hand and a rifle in the other. In the distance is the Matterhorn, with goats and cows grazing in the village where a woman and children carry baskets on their backs. Intertitle - As is fitting when in the austere presence of the Matterhorn we pay our respects to the first day. We set out for the Belevedere Hut (10,500 feet). A man walks along a wooden track next to a river with a full basket of wood on his back. Intertitle - It's hot at first . . . The film again looks up at the Matterhorn from a distance. Intertitle - "Larry" adopts us for a mile or so Grace races a sheep up a mountain path. There are more views of the Matterhorn and the villages in the valley as Grace ploughs on. Intertitle - Away to the left rises a dazzling range of peaks ? - Breithorn, Castor and Pollux and Monte Rosa. These mountain peaks are shown in turn, as well as the Hotel Schwarzsee, set up in the mountains. Intertitle - Above the Black Lake powder snow is flying before a cold wind The powder snow blows around the top of a mountain, as Grace continues to make her way, holding onto her hat in the wind. Intertitle - The summit looks forbidding The wind blows the snow off the peak rising up high above them. Intertitle - Zermatt A valley is filmed from high up, and then in a village a priest stands in front of a church. Intertitle - "Killed on the Matterhorn" There are memorial stones to commemorate those who had not survived the climb to the peak of the Matterhorn. Intertitle - Rudolph Taugwalder A man poses for the camera with his pipe. Intertitle - The Matterhorn is seen from Gornergrat. There is a quick look at a mountain railway before the Matterhorn is shown, along with the surrounding area. Grace sits on a rock feeding the black birds. Intertitle - Along the Hotheligrat Ridge Grace climbs up some rocks. Intertitle - The back to Findelen Sheep and lambs graze in the valley. Intertitle - The paths are swarming with grasshoppers There are grasshoppers and a butterfly. Intertitle - The River Visp Zermatt Valley The fast running river flows over the rocks. A woman herds some cows along a country path, and Gladys walks along a path in front a large waterfall. Intertitle - Homewards A train is shown entering a mountain tunnel. Passengers disembark at the terminal station and they board a ship. Back home Grace lifts up a 1-2 yr. old Rachel and a wire fox terrier dog runs about. Intertitle - The glory of Switzerland is inexpressible, but to have dwelt in the realm of the hills is to have lived. One last look at a mountainside with an atmospheric sky. The End - finishing with the wagging tail of the fox terrier.