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  • Short Summary

    Anthropological film investigating the ritual and lifestyle of tribes in Brazil.

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    No title. One frame intertitle at beginning almost unreadable but the words Amazon and Piraha, Brazil are visible. L/S of a primitive village on the banks of a river. C/U of a tribesman - he has a feathered head-dress and painted chest and face. Camera tilts down to show his painted chest and loin cloth. Camera tilts up again and the man lifts his spear. "Like his white brothers, he must prove he can bring home the turkey." M/S of the man walking towards the camera carrying a large dead bird, he hands it to another man. "If the bride's old man pulls out two feathers it means he's tickled to death to give his daughter away -- to keep the turkey." The two men stand side by side and the elder man pulls out two feathers. "The 12 year old bride hasn't seen "her choice" as yet, but hopes for the best, so she dolls up in her wedding gown --" C/U of the bride to be who looks very unhappy and nervous. " -- And the ceremony is over after the ushers chase away the evil spirits by playing harmonicas, shaking a mean hoof and making WHOOPEE! -- That's all there is -- there isn't any more!" Panning shots of young boys in traditional dress, also wearing painted stripes on their chests. Some of them play harmonica type instruments. C/U of bare feet of some of the boys as they stamp to the music. One of the boys wears an ankle decoration which presumably makes a noise as he stamps his feet. Camera pans as the another boy stamps his foot. M/S of a dozen of the boys walking away from the camera (they aren't wearing much!) They then turn and walk back towards the camera. They wear loincloths and carry spears. They walk backwards and forwards - probably singing or chanting as they go.

    Note: This is an extract from a "Walter Futter's Curiosities" film, presumably bought in by Pathe for reuse.

    Amber tinted print (may be faded pink tint).

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    Film ID:
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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:56:00 / 01:27:33:00
    EP 298

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