• Short Summary

    A brief history of letter writing shows us letters from Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I from the British Museum.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Just a line!"

    Location of events probably London.

    M/S of a woman sitting at a desk, writing a letter. M/Ss of a monk (?) in the dark ages (?) writing a letter by candlelight. M/Ss of ornately written and decorated letters from the church of this period.

    We then see an actress dressed as Anne Boleyn, writing at a table by candlelight. Various shots of a letter in the British Museum actually written by Boleyn. An actress dressed as Elizabeth I writes on a block held by a servant in a hood. M/S of a letter written by Queen Elizabeth I; C/U of her signature.

    An actress dressed as Marie Antoinette writes a letter at an ornate table; M/S of an actual letter written by Antoinette. C/U of an extract that is seen translated as "and I do not know how my rouge or my silk stockings are made." Various shots of a letter that sent Captain Alfred Dreyfus to Devil's Island in 1894. The evidence was later found to be forged.

    C/Us of the first woman we saw putting her letter in an envelope and licking and sealing it. M/S of a prehistoric man cutting out words on a stone block with a hammer and chisel.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1162.16
    Media URN:
    40176
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1938
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:14:00 / 01:34:11:00
    Canister:
    PT 407

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