A Travel Guide to Bulgaria in the '60s: A Land of Roses (1965) | British Pathé

A Travel Guide to Bulgaria in the '60s: A Land of Roses (1965) | British Pathé



Go back in time with this Pathé travelogue to Bulgaria in the 1960s where we take a look at everything from camels on the beach to the production of Rose perfume.

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(FILM ID:337.01)
A travelogue item going to various locations around Bulgaria.

L/S of church tower at Kalofer, tilt down to women in traditional costumes folk dancing. Various shots of girls dancing and scattering petals. C/U of a girl tucking a rose in her hair. One of the girls is crowned as the Rose Queen – she looks very serious. L/S of a green valley filled with rose bushes. Various shots of the girls picking roses. Panning shot follows a horse and cart, filled with roses, it goes beneath a Cyrillic sign into the Rozina perfume factory. Interior. M/S of men tipping baskets of roses into vats. C/U of a factory worker. Top shot of a basket of petals. Various shots of the production of perfume – looks a lot like a whiskey distillery.

M/S of an elderly monk drawing water from a well. Various shots of an ancient monastery in a scenic green valley. M/S of a monk reading under cloisters – he has a long beard and square hat, looks typically Russian Orthodox. Various shots of a monk ringing several bells at once – he stands on a wooden platform and pulls different ropes – looks very strenuous! Another monk, also on the platform, drums on a long plank of wood. M/S of an old monk walking through a courtyard banging a piece of wood – with the bells, it is the monks call to prayer. M/S of a monk looking upwards, tilt up to grapes on a vine. Various shots of a masked monk collecting honey from a hive.

Various shots of women picking green strawberries in punnets and placing them on a van. C/U of a woman drinking from a raffia bottle. Various shots of men forking hay. Various shots of a tractor hoeing a field. M/S of Cyrillic road signs, pan to show man leading a buffalo drawn hay cart. Point of view shot looking out of an airborne aeroplane porthole at the wing. Various shots of passengers disembarking at Sofia airport, good C/U of a uniformed official standing in front of terminal.

Various street scenes around Sofia showing trams and tower blocks. Low angled shot of gold domed Cathedral. L/S of T.V. tower (bit like Post Office Tower). M/S of old man selling lottery tickets in the street. More general street scenes. Various shots of stalls in market selling quaint trinkets . L/S of impressive Georgi Dimitrov mausoleum, various shots of white uniformed guards outside.

M/S of vine covered balconies looking over pretty cobbled street. Various L/Ss of Turnovo – lots of houses crowded on a cliff side, a river runs beneath. M/S of folk singers in traditional dress leading a party of tourists in the hills for a barbecue. Various shots of tourists being served traditional dishes and drinking wine from a wood flask, a man is seen cooking kebabs over a fire. The tourists are served the kebabs and other dishes as they sit at long tables under wooden shelters.

Various L/Ss of modern sky scraping hotels. M/S of a couple sitting on a veranda looking over a sandy beach. C/U of camels feet, various shots of man leading a woman on a camel along the beach. The man helps the woman down and they run, hand in hand, into the sea. M/S of children going down slides into a concrete beach paddling pool. Various shots of people on the beach – sun bathing and playing with beach balls. Various shots of people on pedal boats in the sea. M/S of people dining on a restaurant balcony overlooking the hills. C/U of a couple’s hands holding up tiny cups to meet, pan to a bottle of rose liqueur. More shots of the folk dancers (as seen in record a) scattering petals as they follow the a horse and cart carrying the Rose Queen.

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