Various shots of Italians in traditional folk costume celebrating May Festival in the gardens of Villa d'Este with dancing and music.
Tivoli, near Rome, Italy
LS Villa d'Este, Tivoli, viewed across fountain pond during La Maggiolata, May Festival, planned by the Department of Arts (Direzione generale delle Belle Arti) to revive the traditions of Spring. MS Fountain with the villa in background. MS Fountain, including shots from the walkway behind the waterfall. (4 shots). MS Fountain, pan to villa. LS The villa, pan to fountain. MS Fountains on terraced rock garden, pan to beginning of parade of people from many regions of Italy, in their folk costumes representing Piedmont, Lombardy, Liguria, Sardinia, Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata, Abruzzi and Lazio regions. MS, LS and CU Various shots of Italian "peasants" parading by in traditional costume in the pageant. LS People in peasant costumes on ornamental terrace. LS Peasants lining the terrace. MS and LS Traditional Italian folk dancing, with couples. (3 shots). CU. Couple dancing. MS Band, pan to couple dancing the "Il Saltarello". (Musicians play an instrument called the Zampogne, a kind of home-made bagpipe.) LS Dancers in the background. CU. Young woman posing for camera in heavily embroidered ornamental costume in front of fountain, pan down. CU. Peasant girl, pan from ankle up to face, showing rich embroidery on dress. MS Parade past camera. MS Peasant types on ornamental terrace. Girl in foreground. MS Pan across spectators watching. CU. Peasant girl watching dancing from terrace. CU. Peasant girl. MS High shot of a slow traditional circle dance. CU Low shots of same. CU. Dancing types (2 shots). MS Couples dancing (2 shots). MS Couples parading and circle dancing. (2 shots).
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork, reads: 08/06/48.