The film, a greatly suggestive documentary on landscapes, owes some of its happiest moments to the phantom ride technique, which makes use of the momentum of shots taken with the camera mounted on moving vehicles. Each means of transport answers to differing rules in perceiving the scenario: if the advancing train offers us the possibility of crossing the snowbound scenery of the Gotthard at high speed through snowbanks and tunnels, the ferry-boat offers us a broader panorama, while a trip on the cable-car offers the spectator a suspended and varying aerial view, which emancipates the film from a “postcard effect”. The editing rhythm in the film is pressing at times, well modulated with a selection of particular framing cuts, often aiming at the creation of contrasts between shade and backlight, different panoramas and details or colours. Amongst the Tiziano Film titles preserved at the National Cinema Museum, From the Verbano to Switzerland through the Gotthard is the one where the artistic use of colouring touches the highest expressive peaks, both in daring unusual pairings such as a red toning flanked by yellow tinting, both in alternating different colouring for takes of the same subject, thus making the succession of scenarios more varied and interesting. The video is a copy from the film print held by the National Cinema Museum: 35mm, positive, acetate, 126 metres, colour (Desmetcolor), Italian intertitles, silent.

CollectionMuseo Nazionale del Cinema
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Subject Termsmotion pictures (visual works), motion picture (visual work), documentary film, documentary films, World War I, World War, 1914-1918, European War, 1914-1918, Documentary film
ProviderEFG - The European Film Gateway