• Short Summary

    Very weird item about strange realistic masks.

  • Description

    Introductory intertitle reads: "W.T. Benda, aided, by his charming wife shows you some of his world-famous masks."

    L/S of Mr and Mrs Benda who are seated on an unusual piece of furniture. It is a large bookshelf with a sofa in the middle. There are several masks hanging on the back of the bookcase behind them. Mrs Benda reads a book whilst her husband fiddles with a mask.

    C/U of the couple as Mr Benda talks about how he makes his masks. He turns a mask over in his hands. It is a rather scary looking creation.

    Mrs Benda models some of the masks. First "a demure young girl". Mrs Benda poses in the incredibly lifelike mask - a little spooky. The second is not so demure - a rather comical woman's face - wide eyed and a bit scary looking. A sorrowful mask is modelled next. Mrs Benda uses her body movements to echo the emotions of the mask.

    Mr Benda puts a mask on. A rather frightening Frankenstein's (sp?) monster mask with big eyebrows (can't make out what Mr Benda says to describe it) - could be mistaken for Ronald Reagan. He next puts on a smiling mask which represents the character of Snodgrass from the Pickwick Papers.

    The Golden Goddess of Vanity is represented by a very grand ornate mask with large headdress.

    Mr Benda approaches two women wearing masks. They sit very still. Mr Benda asks them to take their masks off. Mrs Benda takes off her mask and walks off. The other woman remains stationary. Mr Benda decides to take her mask off for her. He pulls it off to reveal that the mask is stuck on a pole rather than a real person! The effect is very funny.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:46:00 / 01:46:21:00
    PSP 738

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