The Door In The Wall - Part 1 1956

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    Censors card 'The Door In The Wall'.
    Opening title reads: "You are about to see the first demonstration of a new film technique - The Dynamic Frame - in which the shape and size of the picture change according to the dramatic needs of the story."
    Credits reads: "Associated British-Pathe present ... with the cooperation of the British Film Institute Experimental Production Committee and by arrangement with Lawrie Productions Ltd."
    Title reads: "The Door In The Wall" Technicolor and Vistavision. based on HG Wells story.

    Feature film material - experimental film. Two politicians discuss whether one of them should accept a job as Lord Chief Justice. The two men have been friends since school and have been rivals. One will not discuss why he is not going to accept the job and is pushed by his colleague. He explains his reason is because of a childhood memory.

    We see a young boy wandering the streets. He spots a door in a wall - it is locked. He turns away and then tries again - this time it opens. He enters a large woodland (Secret Garden - style). Exotic birds call from the trees. He wanders around and sits down at the foot of what he thinks to be a tree. He looks up and sees a dinosaur like monster. He screams and runs. He pushes his way through hedge and walks into large gardens. He runs around and meets a group of children who invite him to join their play. An oddly dressed woman arrives and calls him towards her. She shows him a picture book which shows the bad side of his life at home. He reappears in the real world crying by the roadside until found by a helpful policeman.

    On his return home his father and maiden aunt argue over how the boy escaped the house. They talk about him as if he isn't there.

    Continued .... Interesting material - due to Vistavision technique may be difficult to cut with other material.

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    Cataloguer:
    Mark
    Stock:
    Colour
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    81221
    Sort Number:
    DOCS
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:33:00 / 01:32:50:00
    Canister:
    DOCS
    Film ID:
    2755.14
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1956
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