Pavlova - A Memory 1931

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    Full titles read: "Pavlova - a memory". (new title) "The Immortal Dancer is no more - those twinkling toes and eloquent hands are stilled for ever - but her memory will never fade - ".

    Filmed in Berlin, Germany.

    Various shots from the wings of a theatre, looking out onto the stage where Anna Pavlova is being showered with petals by dancers at the end of a performance. Brief shot of the audience applauding. The performers take their bows and run off-stage. Pavlova is surrounded by admiring gentlemen performers as she walks into the wings.

    Intertitle reads: "Pavlova in her glory - surrounded by her devotees... this is the Pathetone memory of her artistic soul -".
    Off-stage Pavlova sits among her gentlemen on a table beside a Christmas tree. The female dancers kiss her hand, prance about and raise a toast to her. Pavlova leaps backwards onto the table (looks like reverse footage - or wires!) and dances briefly for the others. Jumping down she dances with one of the men; the others join in.

    This must be taken from an earlier silent story on Pavlova; I am not sure of the source, but it looks very staged.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:03:12:00 / 01:05:14:00
    PT 047
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    PT 047
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  • The Italian version of this newsreel states at the beginning that this film was made in Berlin in 1926, and also has extra footage, including Pavlova and her Beaux backstage blowing out the candles on the little Christmas Tree that was one of the props in the ballet 'Christmas'. The date and place is borne out by the fact that the Pavlova Company did tour Germany at the end of 1926; part of this tour involved a long season at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, and it was in the Grand Foyer of that theatre that the Company's Christmas Party was held.

    David Sumray 31st Mar 2013

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