Travelogue style film showing life in Hanoi - food, work, crafts etc.
"In far off French Indo-China, where streets are dusty and the ladies dusky."
L/S of Hanoi street scene featuring rickshaws and trams. A child looks at the camera sheltering his eyes. Various other street scenes as people go about their business. People stand beside a shop which seems to be selling paintings. C/U of the paintings, children stand beside and look at the camera. "Where eats are eats - but peculiar." M/S of two Vietnamese men in coolie hats cooking food at an outdoor stall. C/U of a man eating noodles from a little bowl with chopsticks. L/S of a woman carrying two large baskets of food on either end of a pole. Children stand in the foreground. L/S of someone carrying a very large bundle on their shoulders. Panning shot of some homesteads.
"Hanoi is a centre for an ages-old industry of paper-making - using special kinds of barks, pounded primitively into pulp." Various shots of the primitive machinery used to pulp the bark. Two men operate a large hammer device by jumping up and down on it. C/U of young boy working on the pulping. M/S of the two men putting their weight on the lever. C/U of the feet of one of the men. M/S of man loading bark into the machine. C/U of the bark being loaded in. "In the streets the public writer paints impartially any compliments (or complaints) to your lady love, you wish." M/S of men crouching on the ground painting on parchment. C/U of face of elderly Vietnamese man. "So they go on in Hanoi - the same yesterday as today - almost." High angle shot of a barge with woman walking to and fro presumably moving the cargo in their baskets. C/U of woman in a coolie style hat.
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 487.
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