Detail

Title ID 7085Collection ID960
Title[Summer Palace Peking; Tientsin]
Date[ca. 1929]
CollectionSimpson Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeWorking Life Family Life
KeywordsAnimals Buildings Children Food Games Lakes Fashion Clothing Coats
Location
LocalTianjin Beijing Haidian
NationalChina Asia
Credits
ProductionWilliam G. Simpson Charlotte L. Simpson
CameraWilliam G. Simpson; Charlotte L. Simpson
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration00:04:06:00
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This black and white film starts with a bear in chains being made to perform tricks in a Chinese park. Mr & Mrs Simpson visit the Summer Palace in Peking and enjoy a meal in a traditional Chinese restaurant. The film ends with a shot of a printed advert for the Bradford Dyers Association on a billboard.

Description

This film opens with a brown bear in chains being made to perform tricks for the watching public in a park. This is followed by shots of camels parading past a walled building, views of Peking Summer Palace, Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. Mrs Simpson poses for the camera in front of the Old Palace, followed by shots of the roof-line, pagodas and traditional buildings on the lake.

In the next scene, Mr & Mrs Simpson film each other eating a traditional Chinese meal with chopsticks in a restaurant. Traditional bamboo artwork can be seen on the wall behind them. The film returns to Mrs Simpson dressed in a fur coat, standing on a statue of a stone dragon waving at the camera with her handkerchief.

The next sequence shows a group of young Chinese boys and men in a courtyard. Several dark shots lead into the next film, which opens with the Simpsons and another younger man (?) playing a game (?) outside a building and later the group are pretending to receive gifts (a plant in a pot ?) at a fake award ceremony in a courtyard, repeatedly bowing at each other in traditional Chinese custom, as they offer and accept the gift.

The film ends on a close up of a sign written in Chinese Mandarin Baihua script, advertising fabric (Black Wool, Venetian) dyed by the BDA.

Stills

a still from [Summer Palace Peking; Tientsin] (ca.1929)