• Short Summary

    A day in the life of Wolf Mankowitz - writer, porcelain expert, amateur cook and family man.

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    St. Johns Wood, London.

    Various C/Us of books by Wolf Mankowitz on a hessian covered table - "The Mendelman Fire", "The Concise Encyclopaedia of English Pottery and Porcelain", "The ABC of Show Business", "A Kid for Two Farthings".

    M/S of Wolf Mankowitz in his study at home. Mankowitz is typing, his desk is scattered with paper and open books. He is smoking a cigarette almost to the filter and he has a half finished cup of tea beside him. Mankowitz takes a long drag from his cigarette before placing it in the ash tray and beginning to type. According to the narrator, Mankowitz always works "regular office hours". C/U on Mankowitz's face in deep concentration. C/U on the typewriter. Mankowitz stops typing and adds another correction to the already pencil-marked article he is writing. C/U of Mankowitz smoking and looking up to a corner of the study. C/U of one of the African masks which cover the walls of the study. C/U of other African masks on the walls - Mankowitz's "inspiration".

    M/S of Mankowitz's shop - a room filled with glass fronted cabinets full of valuable looking porcelain. In the centre of the room a young woman, Rhona Levine, is examining a large Wedgwood Pegasus vase on the desk in front of her. Also on the desk are other smaller vases. Mankowitz walks into the room and looks at the vase while Rhona wipes it gently with a cloth. The narrator explains that Mankowitz is "one of the country's foremost authorities on pottery and his shop is a collector's museum of exquisite pieces". Mankowitz picks up a smaller, blue vase. C/U of Mankowitz studying the blue vase. C/U of Rhona turning the large vase, she stops and smiles at Mankowitz. C/U of blue vase in Mankowitz's hand. C/U of Mankowitz. C/U of vases and other valuable artefacts on the desk. C/U of a unique twenties chess set made from "faultless pottery". Various C/Us of the chess set.

    M/S of Mankowitz family's fashionably modern kitchen in St. Johns Wood. Mankowitz's eldest son, Gered, is stirring a pan on the stove. He turns and smiles as his father enters the room. Mankowitz jovially pats his son on the head before going over to a mixing bowl full of mince. C/U of the bowl of mince. Mankowitz tips the fried onions from the stove into the bowl. According to the narrator he is making his speciality - hamburgers! M/S of the son rolling raw balls of mince in flour before passing them to his father to be fried. The narrator makes a scathing comment about the unappetising appearance of the raw burgers. M/S of Mankowitz frying the burgers. Top shot of the semi-cooked burgers frying in a pool of hot oil.

    Low angle M/S of Mankowitz and his three sons crowded around a coffee table in the family living room. Gered is playing chess with his father while the two younger boys are playing snap. Various shots of Mankowitz interacting with his sons. C/U of snap cards on the coffee table. C/U of Mankowitz. C/U of Jonathon - aged eight - "who wants to be an actor" when he is an adult. C/U of Daniel - aged four - who "just wants to grow up". Gered wants to be a farmer. High angle M/S of the family. Mankowitz moves a couple of cushions and leans back onto the trendy couch, exhausted from his busy day. C/U of Mankowitz hard at work at his favourite hobby - sleeping!

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:13:04:00 / 01:16:09:00
    CP 163

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