• Short Summary

    Men cleaning flagpoles on top of Selfridges - uncomfortable for those with fear of heights.

  • Description

    London.

    L/S of a factory chimney with man climbing up. M/S of the man climbing. Man starts working on top of the chimney. Another man joins him. They seem to ignore the height. L/S of the chimney with the two men working on top.

    "...the subject of our story is steeplejacks - men who think no more of working on a narrow ledge high above ground level, than most of us would of catching a bus" - tells voiceover.

    M/S of busy Oxford Street. People, cars and buses are seen everywhere. Camera pans up to show the flagpoles on the roof of Selfridges building - great shot of Selfridges. L/S of a man cleaning flagpole on the Selfridges' roof. Man climbs up the pole in order to clean it. M/S of two pedestrians looking upwards. Cut to the man on top of the flagpole.

    M/S of the two men cleaning flagpoles. C/U shot of one man's legs with the panoramic view of the West End underneath. Tilt up to show man at work. High angle shot of the Oxford Street from the roof. Cut to the man cleaning. Voiceover explains climbing technique. High angle shot of the street. C/U shot of another man cleaning flagpole with cigarette in his mouth. C/U shot of a pedestrian's face as he looks up. Several shots of people cleaning and pedestrians watching from crowded street.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    87.17
    Media URN:
    1406
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:36:00 / 01:43:41:00
    Canister:
    CP 223

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