Fans 1955

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    C/U of a woman in evening wear holding a large fan in front of her face. C/U of her peeking above the fan in a coy fashion. Camera pans down to show the decoration on the fan. The narrator speaks of the "language of the fan" letting us know that the particular gesture shown means "I love you". M/S and C/U of a woman sitting at a table repairing antique fans. High angle shot over her shoulder which shows her gluing part of the fan onto a wooden base. C/U of her painting glue onto the wooden slats. Narrator explains that repair techniques, pleating and shaping the wood are trade secrets. The repaired fan is opened and closed for the camera.

    M/S of a model in white strapless evening gown and long gloves holding her fan. She holds it in front of her face with her right hand. This means "follow me". C/U of the fan, tilt up to show woman's face. C/U of a fan made of brightly coloured feathers. Camera pans down to show the hand of the woman who is holding it (bright red nails and a lacy bodice). L/S of the woman holding the fan and looking very sexy and sultry. She holds the fan against her left ear, this means "I want to get rid of you." She lowers the fan across her body.

    M/S of the model in white. She holds a fan made from bright yellow South African ostrich feathers. She gently moves the fan in front of her face, sending out the signal: "wait for me". Camera pans down to show the fan.

    An 18th century Chinese fan with designs painted on chicken skin (!). Model signals "yes!" Another model uses a fan to send the message: "kiss me". C/U of her gently fanning her face. Camera pans down to show her hand, her pinkie is sticking out which means "goodbye".

    Note: nice C/Us of flirtatious women, quite sexy and sultry. Booklet on file describes the Language of the Fan also a magazine article about fans.

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    British Pathé
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    01:03:10:00 / 01:05:49:00
    CP 007
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    CP 007
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