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  • Short Summary

    Documentary showing the opening of the Festival of Britain.

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    Note: no sound.

    Shot of St Paul's Cathedral dome with pan down to show crowds gathered. Man in ceremonial dress walks down the Cathedral steps. C/U of Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth (just seen). Pan across to show Princess Elizabeth, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret. Prince Philip (?) and friend chat. King George VI in ceremonial dress reads a speech. Beefeater stands by whilst a fanfare is played on bugles. Lord and Lady Mountbatten stand on steps. King, Queen and Princess Elizabeth are driven past in the royal carriage. High angle shot of the royal procession. L/S of Royal Festival Hall and fence with large globes suspended between wires. Crowds watch dignitaries arriving at the opening of the Festival of Britain. C/U of Winston Churchill with many medals on his chest. The royal family arrive. Queen Mary is in a wheelchair. The royals stop to look up at the Skylon. Shot of the Skylon seen from below - tilt up to the top. Various shots of displays. The royal family look at various exhibits. L/S of queue of people moving slowly . Zip pan to show another queue. L/S of Festival site. Young boy stands and focuses a small camera. Modern sculpture with cascading water. Moving shot of long queue of people. C/U of sign to the Fun Fair. High angle shot of a fairground ride - a revolving aerial ride. Another ride seen from a low angle - two person tubs revolve on the end of a moving arm as they are spun around in the air. M/S of a fairground galloping horses ride. An elderly lady is on the ride. Two young boys sit on the side of the ride and one waves as they pass the camera. A young woman with a dog in her arms waves to someone on the ride. Underneath shot of an aeroplane ride. High angle shot of the fairground. Shot of the Festival site from the other side of the river. A pleasure cruiser passes by. L/S of the embankment at night - street lights reflected in the water. Zip pan to Festival site on other side of the river lit up. Shots of boats with fairy lights on the side.

    Note: can states "Short Version" but no Long Version has yet been found.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1375.08
    Media URN:
    70586
    Group:
    Documentaries
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1951
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:04:00 / 01:44:40:00
    Canister:
    DOCS

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