Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Film footage was shot in Lucerne, Berne, and Geneva, Switzerland. Documented in Lucerne are the nine towers of the Musegg Wall, built in the fourteenth century, as well as the "Bearded Warrior" column statue and Wine Market fountain. Also shown is the Lion Monument, designed in the nineteenth century by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen to honor Swiss guards killed while defending the French monarchy during the French Revolution. The Water Tower of Lucerne and the Mill Bridge, featuring paintings from the sixteenth century, including Kaspar Meglinger's famous "Dance of Death Bridge," are also shown in the broadcast. The Lucerne segment concludes with traditional Swiss folk dance and music, including traditional costumes, followed by a steamer ride on Lake Lucerne. In the capital city of Berne, highlights include the Münster of Berne Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, and the Aar River. Some of the eleven medieval fountains of Berne are shown (Moses Fountain, Anna Seiler Fountain, Fountain of Justice, and Ogre Fountain). The Old Clock Tower, the Zähringer Fountain, and the Berne Bear Pit are presented as well. The Berne segment concludes with scenes from Berne nightclubs. In Geneva, the Linkers highlighted the French influence in architecture, a Russian Orthodox church, and the University of Geneva. Also documented were two monuments, one marking the establishment of the League of Nations, the other dedicated to the Protestant Reformation. The Jet d'Eau fountain was also featured. The Geneva segment concluded with scenes from the Fête de Genève, an annual parade held on the Mont Blanc Promenade. Views of the Jungfrau, Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc Alpine mountains are featured.
Courtesy of Halla Linker
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