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  • Short Summary

    Unidentified German item. Appears to be cuts, several items.

  • Description

    Unidentified item. Germany.

    Shots of people walking in street. L/S of man wearing top hat speaking. Various shots of children eating in large banqueting hall. Shots of children receiving presents. M/S of men coming down ramp from ship carrying sacks. Several shots of thick moustached and bushy bearded men on quayside. Shots of people walking in procession along street. Could be a carnival procession some of the children appear to be wearing fancy dress. Group of children pose for the camera. More shots of people walking along street.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1910 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:12:00 / 01:54:55:00
    ON 276 I - 3

Comments (1)

  1. ANTOINE says

    This a c.1919-1920 edition of the "Messter-Woche", a weekly German newsreel produced by German film pioneer Oskar Messter. It cannot be much later than this, as Messter sold his production company to the fledgling UFA around 1920. The opening scene features a demonstration of the pioneering Siemens & Halske portable hearing-aid. Appropriately, the delighted deaf girl is sporting the then-fashionable "earphone" hairstyle. Unfortunately, the German title cards have been mostly cut from the reel by some over-zealous British editor. However, a single frame survives at 1:44 (reverse printed!), indicating that that scene in question is of 600 of Berlin's poorest filling their faces at a dinner for the needy. I could not freeze-frame the next card of the guys off the boat, but they would seem to be returning German WW1 prisoners and/or White Russian refugees. The final scene is apparently a Sudenten-German Cultural event.

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