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  • Short Summary

    Carnival clowns known as Gilles wear ornate costumes and feathered hats in Belgium parade.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Quaintest of all carnivals. "Gilles" (carnival clowns) wearing gorgeous plumes of great value, dance up and down the town. Binche, Belgium.

    Two Gilles wear huge plumes of feathers on top of their heads, M/S as they smoke cigarettes, the camera pans down their costumes which are very ornate and have lion patterns on the trousers. Various shots of them, they are carrying wicker baskets. L/S of the carnival with many plumed heads standing out in the crowd. Various shots of the Gilles dancing and parading in their fancy costumes. M/S as they dance, C/U of one elderly man dancing around in a costume and fitted bonnet.

    M/S of the two smoking again, the camera pans up right from the bottom of their costumes to the top of their feathers. L/S of the parade, M/S of the clowns in the crowd, they walk along the street and dance.

    Intertitle - '74 years of age and his 50th time as "Gille".'

    M/S of the elderly man from earlier dancing around.

    M/S as the clowns walk along and the camera follows them, M/S as they dance, M/S of the costumes from the back. M/S as they walk and dance, there are some C/Us of the Gilles.

    Note: cuts are from 01:47:32 to the end of the item.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    376.16
    Media URN:
    24897
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1925
    Sound:
    Silent
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:50:00 / 01:48:34:00
    Canister:
    G 1167

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