"It all started at a pleasant London dinner party, Someone asked, "What are you going to do when you leave Vienna?" I was on Spring vacation from an Austrian branch of the Bauhaus architectural school. My father had recently written generously suggesting that when summer came I should consider returning to the States via Asia. So naturally, I answered the dinner table question by saying, "I am going to ride around the world on a motorcycle!"---Robert E. Fulton, Jr.
If you consider life a great ADVENTURE, here is the proof.
In 1932, 24 year old Robert Fulton, alone on a Douglas motorcycle, left England for an eighteen month trip around the world. This great adventure entailed driving 40,000 miles through 22 countries-including many challenging destinations that, even today, would give pause to the most world-weary traveler. Fulton armed himself with a 35mm camera and a supply of nitrate film negative and managed to both survive and to capture an indelible portrait of the world on the cusp of a tremendous change.
Slogging through sand and mud, over rivers and mountains, and through exotic cities and rural backwater villages where a motorcycle had never before been seen, Fulton traversed France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, India, Waziristan (now Pakistan), Afghanistan, Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Malaya, Siam (now Thailand), Indo-China (now Viet Nam and Laos), China, Japan, and the United States. His camera examined the people, palaces, pagodas, pirates, rickshaws, war dances, delights, dangers, demons, and multiplicity of cultures, architecture, and rituals that he encountered..
Narrated by the now 92-year-old adventurer, and edited with the help of his filmmaker sons, Robert and Rawn Fulton, TWICE UPON A CARAVAN dramatically captures the adventure of a lifetime. Culled from 35,000 feet of exquisite black and white film, this documentary casts a fresh light on a world that has all but vanished. We see this world as Fulton saw it then, and we hear him now, 66 years later, as he looks back and reflects on this life-defining experience.
In 1937, the amazing story was published as ONE MAN CARAVAN which sold 30,000 copies in America and England. Fulton spoke and showed film clips at hundreds of lectures, many at prestigious venues such as Harvard and Carnegie Hall and went on to a distinguished career as an inventor, artist, and aviator. Among his inventions are the Airphibian, a flying car, and the Skyhook, a top secret air rescue device designed and produced for the Pentagon.
Back in 1932, only a special brand of hero would even consider such a journey-but of course, that's exactly what Fulton was. His fascinating adventure story tells of the courageous voyage of a modern Renaissance man who, with an enormous appetite for life, did not stop at dreams.
53 min. Produced & Directed by Robert E. Fulton, Jr.
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