A very rare item from our collection. Converted from a silent 16 mm film, with titles.
British production with some of the earliest moving pictures from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, newly renamed by King Alexander I in 1929.
Apart from the Adriatic coast, Bosnia and Montenegro, this film includes some unique images from Serbia - a Serbian Slava, Kalemegdan, the brand new Royal Palace.
A title for Belgrade reads: 'Rebuilt after complete destruction in the Great War, seems to reflect the history of Yugoslavia, one of invasion-defeat-victory and regeneration.'
In the 1960s and 1970s the Yugoslav authorities offered attractive conditions to Western cruise companies. Unlike in other Communist countries in the area, foreign tourists to Yugoslavia were less conspicuously followed by the security services.
They were allowed to move around freely and capture the beauty of the scenery, but also the everyday lives of people. Like here - from Venetian and Genoese Korčula (Curzola) to Dubrovnik along the Dalmatian coast, today's Croatia.
Footage converted from 16 and 8 mm Kodachrome film.
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