The London-based Eclipse company sent a team of photographers to Switzerland for this one-reel "scenic." Many of the shots were panoramic views of the Alps, taken from ground level. The film truly came to life in those scenes shot from the vantage point of the mountain peaks themselves. This sort of cinematography was not only achieved at great risk to the photographer, but also to the equipment, since camera lenses were prone to crack in below-zero temperatures. Reviewers didn't care how the scenes were accomplished so long as they were accomplished. The biggest compliment paid to Alpine Retreat was that it was "pretty and picturesque."
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