HOLIDAY IN ST. MORITZ AROUND TIME OF WINTER OLYMPICS, 1928

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Subjects:

  • Leisure and recreation
  • Sporting activities

Decade:

  • 1920s

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Title: HOLIDAY IN ST. MORITZ AROUND TIME OF WINTER OLYMPICS, 1928

Reference number: 7430

Date: 1928*

Director: filmed by Andrew Reid

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.38 mins

Description: A holiday in St. Moritz in Switzerland, including a novelty ice-skating show, curling games and skaters.

This film forms part of the Reid Collection, a compilation of home movies following the Reid family. The films were shot by keen film enthusiast Andrew Reid, who owned Auchterarder House in Perthshire, where the collection was discovered in the late 1970s. Andrew’s brother, Sir Hugh Reid, who was Chairman and Managing Director of the North British Locomotive Company, appears in the film. In 1909 Sir Hugh championed the production of the first steam turbine electric locomotive. The Reid family regularly holidayed in St Moritz as they were keen ice skaters and curlers. Hugh Reid and his daughter, Maud, were both proficient skaters, with Maud winning a Gold Medal at the West of Scotland Skating Club in 1913.

Digitisation funded by British Film Institute 'Unlocking Film Heritage', awarding funds from the National Lottery.

Shotlist: [no title] - gvs of holidaymakers outside hotel in St. Moritz? watching ice-skating novelty acts, including Native American, two women and a man dressed in evening wear, skater on stilts, couple in 'folk costume', skating pantomime horse (3.32) shots of men on curling rink - gvs of guests relaxing outside hotel - shots of horses and sleighs outside hotel, boy sledging - shots of horses and sleighs passing along street, St. Moritz leaning tower in background - gvs of snow-covered mountains around town (4.59) man and woman ice-skating - shots of group of curlers on ice (5.26) l/s under-exposed of skiing course on slope for slalom event? - shots of curling game on rink opposite hotel (7.06) wide shot of outdoor skating rink - shots of men and women playing curling - brief shot of 'one-man band', musician playing accordion and drum - more shots of curlers chatting - shots of curlers shaking hands and sitting drinking outside cafe (8.42) shots of skaters on outdoor rink (10.38)