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  • Short Summary

    Backstage scenes as the moving stage and complex lighting systems of the Coliseum are operated.

  • Description

    "Few people realise the rapid and highly technical work that takes place behind the theatre curtain..." M/S of backstage staff working frantically to raise the curtain at the London Coliseum. Closer shot of the men pulling on ropes. "Under the engineer's control, the giant revolving stage - the largest in the world - moves round, propelled by its electric motors - " C/U of a man in the wings operating the stage machinery. C/U of the revolving machinery underneath the stage. A man rides on the construction as it moves.

    "And another scene silently moves into place." M/S of men moving pieces of scenery around on stage. Most of the men wear black overalls but the supervisor wears white. M/S of two men backstage throwing lots of switches and levers. "The top-lights are brightened - " Low angle shot of lines of light. "And everything is ready for the unique "shot" of the rise of the curtain - " (shot missing?) "Ring down the curtain!" Ends here. Story incomplete.

    Note: unusual title - doesn't look like a typical Pathe Pictorial or Eve's Film Review title as it has a flowered border and no pictorial illustration.

    Safety print exists.

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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:
    01:49:47:00 / 01:51:48:00
    EP 291

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