• Short Summary

    The theme of this year's famous annual carnival at Viareggio, which opened on Sunday (22 February) took a highly critical -- but humorous -- anti-government and anti-United States theme.

  • Description

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    GV Floats and crowds at carnival
    0.06

    2.
    GVs & SVs Carnival floats illustrating Government crisis (4 shots)0.43


    3.
    SV Crowds at street side
    0.05

    4.
    GV Carnival floats depicting international debts (3 shots)
    1.14

    5.
    GV People watch from balconies
    1.18

    6.
    GV & SV President Ford float headed by Dr. Kissinger as Statue of Liberty" (2 shots)
    1.31

    7.
    GV Carnival scene
    1.38


    CARNIVAL FLOATS AND CROWDS: CARNIVAL FLOATS ILLUSTRATING GOVERNMENT CRISIS: CARNIVAL FLOAT DEPICTING FOREIGN DEBTS: PEOPLE WATCH FROM BALCONIES: PRESIDENT FORD AND DR. KISSINGER FLOAT.




    Initials BB/1800 PK/MC/BB/1748



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The theme of this year's famous annual carnival at Viareggio, which opened on Sunday (22 February) took a highly critical -- but humorous -- anti-government and anti-United States theme.

    Colourful floats and costumes attracted thousands of people into the small resort town on the Italian north west east, fifty miles from Pisa.

    While some floats took traditional subjects, including the Arts, as their theme, several others mirrored, in satirical style, the disillusion many Italians have with their politicians and the Untied States.

    Italy's seven week old government -- the country's 38th since 1943 -- faces a financial crisis -- and angle exploited to the full by one carnival float. Another float depicted the government scandal following recent allegations that the United States Central intelligence Agency bribed certain Italian politicians and political parties.

    In particular, U.S. President Gerald Ford and his Secretary of States, Dr. Henry Kissinger, were singled out for harsh satire in the carnival procession. President Ford was depicted as a grotesque all powerful figure while Dr. Kissinger was presented as the Statue of Liberty carrying bombs.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5EYCP2NTI9K4B2ZR1OSNJZEF5
    Media URN:
    VLVA5EYCP2NTI9K4B2ZR1OSNJZEF5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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