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  • Short Summary

    Old and new standards of dress and behaviour are contrasted.

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    "What is it that Sculptors rave over, old men fume about, and young Politicians sigh for, these days? "Better understandings..." Superimposition techniques have been used on the first shot to show many pairs of women's legs moving around the image. The ghostly legs gradually disappear to reveal C/U of one single pair of legs.

    Woman wears high heeled shoes and stockings. "No longer is Eve content to hide those shapely limbs." C/U of a woman's crossed legs. A cigarette in a holder is lowered beside her knee. A superimposition is used to show a woman in an old fashioned crinoline type dress who stands underneath the other woman's legs and looks up in a disapproving fashion. She holds her hands up as if totally shocked by the fact that the woman is smoking. She then disappears. "Verily the old order changeth -" An old fashioned woman is shown, using superimposition a "modern" flapper type emerges from the space occupied by the old fashioned woman and walks to the other side of the frame smoking a cigarette. They turn and look at one another.

    "What is the world coming to?" The old fashioned woman looks shocked and holds her head in her hands. "Perhaps it is just as well they did wear crinolines in those days - " M/S of old fashioned girl wearing a crinoline. The lights are lowered and a backlight used to make her dress see-through so we can see the shape of her legs! "Nowadays every type of "Understanding" is visible. The useful touching-the-ground type." C/U of woman's feet and lower legs as she walks along. " - the rough-and-ready." C/U of more legs - this time wearing spatees. "- the will-o'the-wispy." More legs walk past the camera. "- and every other style." Leather boots are next, then a repeat of the previous shot. (All these various shots of women's legs and footwear are shot in a kind of "catwalk" style as they walk along a platform.)

    "Glancing through his paper Adam realises that one of woman's handicaps is frequently a kneecap --- " C/U of a newspaper which is held by a man. Dissolve in and out of a shot showing four women sitting on a bench seen from the waist down only. "Skirts started near the ground - but goodness knows where they'll finish - !" C/U of woman's legs and feet. She wears a calf length skirt. Dissolve into shot of same legs and shoes but this time a shorter skirt. And still shorter, until we see just stockinged legs and shoes.

    Dissolve into L/S of the model who wears a swimsuit. She puts her hands on her hips and poses. "Great Grandma never thought of this to keep her fit - " M/S of the woman lying on her back lifting her legs above her head then placing them on the floor behind her. She stretches her legs up in the air then rolls up, turns and smiles at the camera. "Yes, the modern Miss has arrived - nothing can stop her onward rush - " M/S of 5 women in silhouette. They rush towards the camera in a rather avant garde style shot.

    Note: I believe that the term "understandings" in this context refers to stockings, shoes and boots - that which is under our feet when we stand...

    Safety print exists.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:10:26:00 / 01:14:26:00
    EP 308

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