This film is held by the BFI (ID: 5816).


INTEREST. Unedited material on the island of Cyprus.

RL.1 The harbour of Kyrenia (57-72); Kyrenia Castle (90-106); various shots of the castle (113-169); the medieval stone work on the ruined roof of the Great Hall (174-190); the Royal Swedish Archaelogical Society at work excavating soil (207-227); Dr. Gjerstadt, who is in charge of the excavations, emerges from his tent with another young man (232-249); the remains of the city walls (254-287); tombs of the early bronze age excavated near Lapithos (296-328); pottery taken from the tombs (339-351); exterior of St. Hilarion's Castle (365-379); interior shots (385-392 and 400-417); exterior of the Abbey of Bella Paise (434-446); the interior (486; 495-520); panning shot of Nicosia from the distance (529-548); exterior shot of the Cathedral of Nicosia, which is a Mosque now (557-587 and 597-614); the western porch with two worshippers removing their shoes (618-640); the "Khan" or rest house for travellers (645-670); a fountain in the courtyard of the Khan (679-699); view of Nicosia over the roof tops (708-716); the house where Captain H.H. Kitchener stayed while making a map of the island (726-756); still portrait of Kitchener (768); the Governor accompanied by officials opens the Forestry Exhibition in Nicosia (783-814); sections of Cyprus timber (816-831); the Governor with two women arrives at a ceremonial stand to present decorations (836-862); police march past (868-882); the Governor inspects the police (886-897); the Governor presents decorations (900-922); police in training (929-943); in the paddock at Nicosia race course (949-964); Hussein, ex-king of the Hejaz inspecting the horses (969-985); a race in progress (1000). "The End" (1006 ft).

RL.2 A man making the seat of a cane chair (3); girls lace making (23); the man with the chair (33); a fruit or gourd seller (51); chair and pottery making in Lapithos (54-71); a village wedding at Bella Paise (80-133); a flock of sheep (136); an apple orchard (139-140); the Christ-Thorn which is used as a fuel (154-169); the Famagusta gate (179-183); the Northern range (194-198); cedar woods (224-225); grain threshing by means of a man standing on a board drawn by two horse (285-302 and 308-330); crushing olives in a press to obtain olive oil (349-363); carob and locust bean plantation (370-387); a mound of beans on the beach awaiting shipment to Europe (399-438); mulberry trees (441-453); a silk factory near Paphos (462-470); sorting the cocoons (473-481); cleaning and skeining the silk (488-520); beating hemp to clean the fibre (527-532); twisting it into a rope and threads (534-567); picking tobacco (571-583); putting the leaves on threads and putting in the sun to cure (588-604 ft).

RL.3 An old Turkish blockhouse in the port of Paphos (49-79); the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite (85-98); a stone pillar where St. Paul was tied and scourged (108-131); the grave of St. Barnabas (142-161); the wooded southern range of hills (166-210); members of the Forest Guard falling a tree (220-283); the logs slide down a chute to the saw mill in the valley (289- 309); the saw mill (328); the asbestos mines (336-362); a flock of fat-tailed sheep (368-391); baking bread in outdoor ovens (397-405); raising water from the wells by donkey (410-424); a woman washing clothes in a mountain stream (429-434); the exterior of the monastery of Kykko (447-463); the school at Kykko (470-487); another village church (493-503); in which a man beats a metal bar to call the congregation to church (515); a new road in the mountain district (520-534); a camel caravan (541-563). "The End" (569 ft).

RL.4 The port of Famagusta (41-71); sailing vessels in the harbour (80-111); rough seas (120-137); the ruins of the Roman forum at Salamis (145-159); the ruins of the Roman market place (166-181); the ruins of the Roman baths (185-214); the ruins of the great basilica at Salamis (221-252); the exterior of the monastery at Stavrovouni (271-292); a priest in a doorway holding the relic of the True Cross (320); a village church of Byzantine architecture (339-345); a stone lion at Famagusta (357-366); the water gate with the lion of St. Mark carved above it (389-414); the facade of the Venetian Palace (418-433); an aqueduct (452-457); the tomb of the nurse of the Prophet Mohammed (466-476); the salt lakes on the coast (483-493); an orange grove at Lefka (497-528); a Moslem wedding procession (532-551 and 560-567); carrying home the wedding presents (572-579); two men dancing (581-591). "The End" (597 ft).



  • CYPRUS (Archive)

Technical Data

Running Time:
31 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
35mm Film
2776 ft

Production Credits

Government of Cyprus
RODWELL, Stanley
Production Company
British Instructional Films