John Ladislav Brom was born in 1908 in Chocen, an area that was then part of Imperial Austria, now the Czech Republic. He graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Arts in Prague and earned a PhD in dramatic arts from the University of Prague Philosophy Department in 1939. Brom began his filmmaking career in 1937 when he purchased a failing film company and renamed it Brom-Film. After World War II he immigrated to Paris, France where he developed his abiding interest in Africa and made several documentary films and one series, "African Odyssey Series," on various aspects of the continent. In 1963, Brom immigrated to the united States and died in 1969 while working on a television series that was never completed, "The Changing Face of Africa."
Donated by Olga Brom Spencer in 1998,1999, and 2000.
Footage of travel in a location that is not certain. Footage features two women who may be related to the creator. They are shown in front of a bridge in a Mediterranean looking sea-port with signs written in French. Film also shows a shipyard marked "North Hampton." Footage also includes boat scenes with deck chairs and umbrellas, woman swimming in pool, views of islands and scenery, a hotel in a city ringed by mountains, local men playing guitars, a bullfight, female bathers walking along a wall and general scenes of tourists. Also shown is a medieval-looking church; open-air markets; cars and horse drawn carriages; a man herding flamingos as a tourist attraction; tourists feeding turtles, fish and sharks in a pool and snorkeling. Two hotels with signs are Curacao and Embajador.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD