The Thirties in Colour

BBC Vision (Factual Arts)   |   UK

The 1930s were a Golden Age for international travel. Wealthier travellers recorded their experiences by using the new colour film technologies. Their home movies captured- often unintentionally -defining moments as European nations were about to plunged into The Second World War. This episode of the series features colour films by travelling amateur film-makers in Europe - including footage shot of Berlin streets decked in red swastikas during the Olympic Games; rare pictures of the Jewish quarter in Warsaw just weeks before the Nazi invasion; and in London, tourists wearing gas masks amid fears of bombing raids by the German Luftwaffe. Reason for Submission: Further series of Archive programmes on BBC4 drawing together rarely viewed or unseen material, and contextualising it with interviews with experts and relatives of the archive sources on the era represented.