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    Hague, Holland.

    L/S of the Hague Cathedral. Cars, bicycles and people can be seen around it. M/S of the roof of the Cathedral, clock tower is seen on the left. Suddenly, a man appears and starts painting a detail on the roof. Man is as tall as the cathedral's clock tower. This is model of the cathedral, a part of Madurdam - the smallest city in the world.

    M/S of the streets of the little city. Boy's head appears over the rooftops. A girl comes from the opposite side. It looks as if the children's pictures are fitted into a cartoon - strange. M/S of the young couple walking around the streets observing the little buildings. C/U shot of the children's faces as they observe the model buildings.

    M/S of a boy and a girl (older then the previous two) in Dutch traditional costumes, walking around the model city. The boy steps over a building to join the girl. They look at the little town. M/S of the two looking at the buildings. Camera tilts down to show the canal filled with water. M/S of the little boy and the little girl from earlier, holding hands looking at the buildings. The girl has her skirt lifted for a second as she scratches her thigh - very sweet.

    Several C/U shots of the streets showing cars, people, carts etc. M/S of a little girl looking through the window, trying to see what is inside these model houses. Long panning shot across the city - it is huge! And even has a funfair and windmill. The city has all forms of transport made to perfection: railway with perfect trains, tracks signals; motorway with lights, tunnels, petrol stations, all sorts of vehicles; airport with radar, people on the roof terrace, aeroplanes, passengers; port with all sorts of boats, merchant ships, large passenger liners, naval vassals, docks; and at the end - it looks as if it has its own Gulliver. A man in traditional costume wakes up, stands and walks towards the camera becoming bigger with every step.
    Note: Combined print for this story is in very poor condition.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Time in/Out:
    01:28:05:00 / 01:32:38:00
    CP 027
    Sort Number:
    CP 027
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    Entertainment & Humour
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (1)

  1. maartenn says

    Good afternoon,
    Just to let you know the village is called Madurodam and not Madurdam.
    Kindest regards from Holland,

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