Jersey - Half Way To France 1958

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    Exterior. L/S across a bay at low tide, in the distance there are houses. Panning shot to a rock in the foreground. Set in to the rock is a stone plaque dedicated to Victor Hugo. The plaque reads 'Le Rocher Des Postcrits' above the name, while below the name are the words 'en exil' and the years '1852 - 1855'.

    M/S of a hedge lined country road. A young couple on a Vespa scooter drive past. Panning shot along the road to a stone road sign. C/U of the road sign set into a wall. It reads 'Clos Des Pauvres', 'Don De', under this is an illegible name and the date 'A.D. 1850'.

    Low angle M/S of the tricolour flag hanging from a shop front. Tilt down to a sign, 'Librairie Francais' and the main shop sign, 'Un Petit Coin De France'.

    M/S of a narrow street. People walk and cycle past. In the background the flag hanging from the shop is visible.

    C/U on a street sign, 'Hilgrove St.'.

    Medium panning shot of a wider, mostly residential street with cars parked either side. A woman on a bicycle rides past. The camera pauses on a shop with the signs 'Maison du Coin' and 'Chez Louise'. C/U on the 'Chez Louise' sign. Tilt down to the shop window. C/U of the items in the shop front . Panning shot across the window display shows that the shop sells carved wooden boxes, painted plates, model houses and lamp shade. C/U of plates painted with old fashioned men and women, behind the plates are rows of buttons and beads. C/U of beaded bracelets, price '6/6d'.

    The narrator emphasises that Jersey is both French and English in culture and custom. C/U of a road sign, 'Royal Square, Place Du Marche'. Tilt down to an English, 'No Entry' sign.

    M/S of a sun filled paved square. Around the edges of the square people sit chatting on benches under trees. C/U on paving stones. Tilt up to show the trees and benches. A family are wandering through the square. Over the sound of the music, birdsong can be heard. C/U of the leafy branches of a tree. Tilt down to the people sitting on the benches beneath. In the background two women walk past pushing prams.

    M/S of a white stone school building. C/U on a sign above the side entrance reading, 'filles'. Tilt up to sign on the front of the building reading, 'Ecole Elementaire' and the date, '1901'. C/U on the sign to another side entrance reading, 'Garcons'. The narrator explains that children in Jersey have to learn about England and France as well as about Jersey itself.

    M/S of the 'Hotel De France'. Tilt up to the top of the building from which the Union Jack flag is flying.

    C/U on a door sign reading, 'J.S. Stones, M.A. (Oxon.), English Solicitor. C/U on a sign for the Post Office.

    M/S of a busy town square. M/S of a garage with a convertible parked outside. The garage has a large sign reading, 'La Motte Garage'. C/U of a salesman leaning through the window of a red sports car talking to the customer inside. Panning shot to show the price of the car on the windscreen - £1950. C/U of the price of the car. C/U of another car's price sign - £719. The narrator explains that all taxes in Jersey are far lower than on the main land - "there's a refreshing freedom from tax collectors - who don't have to work half as hard as their colleagues here for the simple reason that all taxes are much lower".

    M/S of a roadside cafe with tables with umbrellas outside. A blue car drives past. Low angle M/S of the cafe. In the cafe garden there is a signpost to France and to the beach. C/U of a beach with fishing boats moored on it. M/S of a harbour filled with dinghies and fishing boats at low tide. L/S of a bay at high tide with houses in the back ground and a white sailing boat in the foreground. Panning shot to the castle on a hill behind the bay.

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    01:30:06:00 / 01:32:58:00
    CP 172
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    jersey tourism Titanic Centenary Collection HOLS to France Jersey
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