Mock Bullfight 1960

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    C/US of two brightly coloured bull fighting posters; M/S in the garden of a Spanish-style house in Hampstead, London, with a canopy-covered balcony where some women sit. Three people sit at a table in the garden and watch as two men practise cape swirling - matador style. Commentator says "members of Club Taurino, a group of bull fight enthusiasts, have got together for a little practise".

    One of the men, George Erik, flings his pink and gold cape around dramatically! The people sitting at the table look on; there are some Spanish wine decanters on the table. The woman on the right is Mrs Erik who holds a pair of bull horns on her lap; she leaps up and we next see her in M/S as she charges towards GE's cape, horns first, as if she is a bull!

    GE flips his cape around in a masterly way and looks domineering as Mrs E charges towards him. GE looks a little bit like Salvador Dali. C/U of three women watching from the balcony.

    Mrs E then starts charging towards the other man who swirls his cape around. Commentator tells us this method of having a person act as the bull used by young bullfighters in their early training in Spain. GE puts the cape down, it is stiff and heavy enough to stand up by itself, and picks up a red and gold piece of material attached to a stick - a muleta - and a long thin cane (bullfighters use a sword). Mrs E charges again as GE swirls the fabric.

    GE mimes putting the sword (stick) into the 'bull' and Mrs E crumples to the ground as a dead bull! Bravo!!

    Note: there is extensive information on file about the Club Taurino of London, including a long newsletter from them, 'Notes for attention of the commentator, Pathe Pictorial', and a news article on how the House of Lords were disturbed by news of the club's plans to stage a bullfight in England.

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    01:28:36:00 / 01:29:59:00
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