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Loveliest City in Europe, The (c. 1920)


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The opening titles describe "a meeting between Nature and Art" and the decision to create Dresden. Views of a large open city square with statues and people are followed by a sequence of shots of other large buildings and street scenes. The camera pans and tilts to reveal the full scale of the town hall. A succession of shots looking down on the city streets and the River Elbe from the old city wall, which is populated with statues overlooking the scenes. A shot of the F├╝rstenzug ceramic frieze. The exhibition halls and its grounds are shown, with shots of the gardens, fountains, statues and visitors, followed by views of the museum. A chateau-style building and its gardens.

Views from a boat leaving the city on the River Elbe, passing under bridges and through towns on the bankside. Shots from the boat of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, and then views looking down on the river from the heights. Bastei Bridge with milling tourists. A series of shots show climbers scaling a summit, resting on top and then beginning their descent.