Will Hyde Park Ever Be Like This? 1929

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    No title. L/S of group of men and women in swimsuits walking along in a country setting. One of the group holds a very large ball above their head. L/S of a large group of people playing games in their swimsuits on a kind of playing field. They play a game with the huge football, a primitive form of "swingball", tug of war etc. C/U of a man pumping a water pump whilst a woman stands under it to cool off. C/U of the girl bathing in the water. Intertitle reads: "Associations are springing up in France very much on German lines and societies of "Nudistes" (as they term them) hold high revels in the open air." M/S of women dressed in bikinis dancing in a circle holding hands. Two men stand nearby, one is holding a scythe, the other just watches with his hands on his hips. M/S of a group of these sun worshipers cooking their dinner on a fire in the open air. Shot of one of the hunky men eating from a saucepan in some skimpy swim trunks! Various shots of the holidaymakers, including one elderly man with a white beard and moustache. Girls sit in deck chairs in their bikinis eating fruit. Intertitle reads: "The rules are simple - get as much fresh air and sun as you can to your body, and strengthen and invigorate your system." L/S of a large group of the holidaymakers standing by a watering hole. M/S of some of the bikini girls. "This simple open-air treatment, they claim, eliminates colds and similar complaints. (They don't say whether it eliminates the members, too!)." C/U of girls in bikinis and swimsuits having a tug of war. Bronzed beautiful men try to calm the women but they are mad for it. Another game involves holding the rope high above their heads and trying to push the other team over. "But imagine Hyde Park with a similar invasion!" L/S of physical jerks in the open air. L/S of the "Nudistes" walking through the countryside. Was originally an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 608.

    Note: the bikinis look pretty "modern" for 1929 but aren't commented upon in the intertitles - unfortunately, first section of the film is missing so perhaps it was remarked upon. Nice stuff of young and not so young having fun in the sun.

    Safety print only. Originally decomposed and destroyed.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1929
    Sound:
    Mute
    Media URN:
    15180
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    892.21
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:17:00 / 01:51:55:00
    Canister:
    EP 139
    Sort Number:
    EP 139
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