Sabrina 1956

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    M/S and C/U in Bourne and Hollingsworth's department store as glamorous blonde television and film star Sabrina, carrying a small hat box and holding the lead of a white poodle, chats to a lady on the theatre ticket counter. Commentator talks of how "you can get anything from cosmetics to cats' food" in modern department stores as Sabrina makes her way to the Polyphoto counter where the assistant shows her a sample of the photos (for those who don't know, Polyphoto produced sheets of 48 small portrait photos in different positions, contact sheet style, so you could choose the best for enlargements).

    The assistant seems to have persuaded our glamour puss to have her picture taken, and shows her the way to the photographer's studio. Sabrina takes off her coat and gloves, sits on a stool with her poodle in her arms and poses for the camera - lovely, darling! M/S from behind the photographer, Anthony Cheshire, who looks out from a large square box-camera and signals for Sabrina to look up to the left. He turns a handle on the camera to take the photo, then directs her to look in other directions. Great sequence of C/Us as Sabrina poses and Anthony directs her and turns the handle.

    The poodle seems a bit restless so Sabrina sets him on the floor and poses alone. C/U of the counter on the camera notching 27 shots so far. Sabrina poses in classic 1950s style (head back, come hither look, bosoms thrust out), then appears to tire of the whole thing; she suggests swapping places with photographer, who protests; Sabrina pouts prettily and he gives in. He shows her how to work the handle on the camera, and as he takes his place on the stool she pushes his head firmly into position and adjusts his tie and jacket. C/U as she signals to him to keep his chin up.

    C/Us of Anthony posing as Sabrina turns the handle with a little difficulty (as a fellow dizzy blonde, I can sympathise); the counter shows 48 shots taken. C/Us of the finished Polyphoto sheet of photos of Sabrina - very glam! - panning right and tilt down to show shots of Anthony at the end.
    Note: Fabulous story! On file is a Polyphoto order form.

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    01:29:31:00 / 01:32:43:00
    CP 058
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  • Providing a location for this clip, the Bourne and Hollingsworth Department store seen here was on Oxford Street, London.

    jamied 3rd Jul 2012

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