Standard 8mm | 2 x 120m/400ft | Color | Sound: silent/unknown
Print condition: G-VG | Color: VG | Plain boxes
Set of two amateur films, shot in the early 1970s by a Swedish amateur filmmaker who used Kodachrome reversal film that has kept its excellent color. This is the original footage, spliced together from 15m/50ft rolls with some additional editing. When writing this description, we discovered that the Ranch film has a sound stripe. As we watched the film on an editor viewer without sound, we don’t know what’s on it: it may be music, narration or just silence. The Ranch reel is pretty full, the Hong Kong reel holds slightly more than 60m/200ft of film.
Hong Kong Blues was shot in 1971. Arrival by plane in Hong Kong, street sights, traffic and shops, the harbor, the city at night. Meanwhile Back at the Ranch was mostly shot at the Wild Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. This is a tourist ranch, opened in 1965, with hotel facilities, excursions on horseback, and attractions like simulated fist and gun fights in a replica Wild West small town, all duly reported by our filmmaker. Photography is pretty good and varied. The filmmaker focuses on the sights and on locals, not on his travelling companions, though there are some glimpses of them.