Making papier mache statues.
Documentation states pasteboard statues of Saints are sold for about 30,000 lire to churches that can't afford to buy gold or silver ones. In some little villages they are at the entrance to private houses. A little lamp burning in front of them shows how people believe in miracles.
MS An old building in Lecce. MS Roofing and statues of old building. MS Statue an old building. LS Elevated the Town Square. MS Other views of buildings in Lecce (4 shots) MS Interior of artists working on pasteboard figures of saints. MS Interior of artists working on pasteboard figures of saints. MS Man making paper mache mould. SCU Man tying straw foundation onto cardboard model. MS Girl making legs. SCU MS Men at work on limbs. SCU Man setting paper mache with naked flame. CU Man running naked flame over hand. CU Pan down from head of artist to his hands rubbing face of model with burning stick. SCU Artists fitting section of robe onto figure of Christ. SCU Man lighting stick and rubbing into statue. MS People at work rubbing lighted stick on models. SCU MS People painting statues. SCU Man painting tiny figures of Christ. CU Man painting tiny figures of Christ. CU Girl painting large figure. MS CU Man pointing in eyes of figure. SCU Man painting in eyebrows of statue. SCU CU Man painting in Christ's wounds. MS Statue being carried into position to decorate building. MS Completed statues.