• Short Summary

    Vienna is one of the few remaining cities which have a Silver and a Golden Sunday before Christmas.

  • Description

    Reel I McDougall coming up steps, pausing, beginning to speak. Crowds outside store, moving doll in window, tailor's dummy.

    As above, plus crowds moving past camera, general view of Maria-Hilfe Strasse, Vienna.

    Shots of men - with woman and child, carrying big parcel, with child in arms.

    Maria-Hilfe Church, panning to Xmas trees on store and window with TV sets.

    Close-up of jewellery shop window.

    Fruit stall, people buying. Handkerchief and scarf stall.

    Reel II

    Nameboard reading "Wiener Christkindlmarkt". Series of shots of market, children eating spun sugar on sticks, balloon sellers, interior of booths.

    Reel I Policeman with walky-talky set, other police in background

    Reel II Christmas Tree market showing workmen picking up trees from ground, McDougall discussing prices with small girl. McDougall picks up tree and walks away.


    With the exception of the shots of the police, the order of shots on the film follows the order of sentences in the script. This should help considerably in editing.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Vienna is one of the few remaining cities which have a Silver and a Golden Sunday before Christmas.

    On these two Sundays the shops stay open. And like other men I like to use these two Sundays for my Christmas shopping.

    You see, the old idea was that fathers couldn't shop on any other day of the week. That's changed now because in Austria most men get Saturday off anyway.

    But still, despite Church opposition, the tradition of shops staying open on these last 2 Sundays before Christmas persists.

    The "Silver" and "Gold" in these names refer no doubt to shopkeepers' profits."
    But there are many small, not so profitable businesses alongside the main ones.

    And a heavy concentration of them at the Market of the Holy Child - the "Christkindlmarkt" which has stood in this same spot for 200 years.

    Everywhere, police are on duty to keep traffic moving. Walky-talkies are essential.

    No - not the Vienna Woods, but the main Christmas Tree market.

    Under which trees, on Christmas Eve, (not Christmas Day, as with us), Austrian children will find their presents.

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