• Short Summary

    A TALL, PRETTY BLONDE HAS BEEN VOTED POLAND'S BEST TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICER. UNDER-SERGEANT ANNA SZYMANSKA?

  • Description

    1.
    GV POLICEMAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC
    0.08

    2.
    CU MASSED TRAFFIC
    0.13

    3.
    CU POLICEMAN DIRECTING
    0.18

    4.
    CU PAN OFFICIAL JUDGE MARKS HIS NOTEBOOK
    0.22

    5.
    SV PAN WITH TRAFFIC PAST WATCHING CROWD TO ANOTHER DIRECTING TRAFFIC
    0.34

    6.
    CU ZOOM OUT..SPECTATORS ON PAVEMENT
    0.40

    7.
    SV POLICEWOMEN ANNA SZYMANSKA INTO TRAFFIC AND STARTS DIRECTING
    0.47

    8.
    SCU SZYMANSKA DIRECTS TRAFFIC
    1.04

    9.
    CU SPECTATORS APPLAUD
    1.09

    10.
    SV PAN..FROM SZYMANSKA TO SPECTATORS
    1.12

    11.
    CU PAN JUDGE MARKS NOTEBOOK
    1.20

    12.
    STV SZYMANSKA SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
    1.26

    13.
    CU SZYMANSKA HUGGED BY ANOTHER POLICEWOMAN
    1.30

    14.
    CU SZYMANSKA WAVES
    1.33



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A TALL, PRETTY BLONDE HAS BEEN VOTED POLAND'S BEST TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICER. UNDER-SERGEANT ANNA SZYMANSKA OF THE WARSAW FORCE DEFEATED MALE COLLEAGUES FROM ALL OVER POLAND TO WIN THE TITLE IN A THREE-DAY CONTEST WHICH ENDED IN WARSAW ON FRIDAY.

    TWENTY-FIVE MEN AND THREE OTHER WOMEN OFFICERS FROM ELEVEN CITIES AND LARGE TOWNS COMPETED IN THE FINALS OF THE CONTEST, AN ANNUAL EVENT BEGUN FOUR YEARS AGO. POINTS WERE AWARDED FOR HARMONIOUS COMBINATION AND CO-ORDINATION OF LINES OF TRAFFIC, ENSURING SAFE CROSSING FOR PEDESTRIANS, EXPRESSIVE AND ELEGANT HAND SIGNALS, POLITENESS, NEATNESS -- AND EVEN THE WAY THE OFFICERS HELD THEIR WHISTLES.

    HUGE CROWDS WATCHED THE WHITE-JACKETED CONTESTANTS COMMAND AND CAJOLE MOTORISTS IN WARSAW'S BUSY STREETS, THEIR WHITE GLOVES FLUTTERING LIKE BUTTERFLIES, THEIR BODIES PROUDLY PIROUETTING IN BULL-FIGHTER FASHION. PHYSICAL GRACE COUNTS FOR SO MUCH THAT ONE CONTESTANT TOOK BALLET LESSONS IN PREPARATION.

    BUT IT WAS UNDER-SERGEANT ANNA'S IMPERIOUS AND ENERGETIC HAND SIGNALS WHICH CAUGHT THE JUDGES' ATTENTION. MOTORISTS SAY SHE CONDUCTS TRAFFIC RATHER THAN DIRECTING IT. HER PERFORMANCE IN THE STREET, AND HER ANSWERS TO FIFTEEN QUESTIONS ON TRAFFIC PROBLEMS GAINED HER 72.5 POINTS OUT OF A POSSIBLE 75, CONGRATULATIONS FROM HER COLLEAGUES, AND ADMIRING IF DISTRACTED GLANCES FROM WARSAW'S MOTORISTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADIQHUZB2KD9I9V9XDOTWAP4HM
    Media URN:
    VLVADIQHUZB2KD9I9V9XDOTWAP4HM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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