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    Indochinese troops play music, wear masks and dance, gamble and pose with US soldiers.

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    Indochinese with US troops.

    The date is 27 January 1919. Opens with Indochinese soldiers, wearing army uniforms and overcoats, sitting on ground playing music together; brick Western-style building in BG. Some have instruments played with a bow; one guy taps on a small cup; another guy playing a flute. CU some of the musicians playing. They continue playing; while in a bizarre development; two guys in costumes with masks that look like demons or monsters act out some dance / drama fight; doing somersaults; etc.

    Next the Asian soldiers sit around a blanket; on which they are playing some gambling game that involves throwing down money and a cup and saucer - they are laughing and joking; excited about this game. (They seem to be shaking dice inside the cup, then one man takes it away to show the score - SL.) Then the Asian troops pose with a few American soldiers. Slow pan across the group. Some are jigging about, as if very cold.

    American cataloguer notes: "Pathe's listing calls these guys Indochinese; but physically they resemble people from further north in the continent; also they are dressed in heavy winter clothing and some seem to be cold - much too cold for Indochina."

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:00:00 / 01:52:21:00
    ON 253 C

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