The Death Of The Flowers 1925

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    Full title reads: "The Death of the Flowers - A Pictorial Interpretation of verses from the famous poem by William Cullen Bryant" Pathecolor (sic) item - early stencil colour.

    Begins with the intertitle: "The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sear." Coloured scene of clouds in the sky - very pretty combination of mauve, orange and yellow. Dissolve into shot of a barren landscape - a meadow presumably. "Where are the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately sprang and stood In brighter light and softer airs, a beauteous sisterhood?" C/U of flowers - possibly heather - coloured pink and green. Another shot of flowering plants - pink and yellow. Dissolve into C/U of coloured daisies. Dissolve into a C/U of lovely orange flower.

    "Alas! they all are in their graves; the gentle race of flowers Are lying in their lowly beds with the fair and good of ours." L/S of pink flowers beside a wall. "And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty dies, The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side." M/S of leafless trees and plants. A ghostly figure of a woman walks beside some pink flowers (superimposition technique used). "Yet not unmeet it was that one, like that young friend of ours, So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers." L/S of the ghostly woman walking and posing by the flowers. She wears a flowing chiffon dress which floats in the wind. She puts her hand to her head in a gesture of anguish. She then disappears.

    Note: This is an American Pathe Review item. Rather nice, especially the ghostly woman section. Flash-frame intertitles.

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    Media URN:
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    1034.20
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    Colour
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    00:02:04:00
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    01:52:11:00 / 01:54:15:00
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    EP 307
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