To paraphrase the peripatetic producer of these Technicolor travelogues, it is with this third volume that we reluctantly say farewell to the “voice of the globe,” James A. FitzPatrick. Spanning the years 1940 to 1953, these shorts, produced for MGM, provide poignant and picturesque postcards of the four corners of the Earth, from prewar New Orleans to postwar Western Germany, allowing a generation of moviegoers to experience the world from their hometown movie house. And as a final treat, two supersized travel specials are included – James A. FitzPatrick’s Mighty Manhattan: New York’s Wonder City and the non-FitzPatrick production Rome, The Eternal City, which gives us a glimpse of Cinecittà (and Deborah Kerr!) during the production of Quo Vadis.
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