Detail

Title ID 13697Collection ID57
TitleThrough Our Lens [2]
Date1939
CollectionEdwards and Tozer
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFictionFamily LifeHome Cinema/Video Release
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsCelebrations Christmas Entertainment Film Making Family
Location
LocalLondon?
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionNorman Edwards
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration00:13:36
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.

Summary

An amateur family film in two parts the first involving a trip to a garden. The second a family gathering to view films at home at Chirstmas time. Staged, with captions throughout.

Description

Miniature Movies presents 'Through Our Lens

intertitle: An afternoon at the Rookery'. A small family group walk through a walled floral garden, the women wearing fur and fox. The small girl plays and is reluctant to be filmed while the adults sit and smoke. They stop to look at a sundial.

Intertitle: Mischief at the party. This second film opens with people drinking beer, smoking and kissing at Christmas time. Caption: 'May we see some films?' A man nods and sets up a 16mm projector as two children wait excitedly. He turns the light off and rolls a black and white Charlie Chaplin film. The family watch animatedly. The children creep into the kitchen, the older girl takes the pepper pot and they retreat to another room only to rifle through handbags to sprinkle pepper into a face compact and handkerchiefs. The young boy watches gleefully on. She then empties a large beer bottle into the sink and replaces the contents with vinegar. The elders finish watching the film, pour new drinks and fetch their purses and handkerchiefs. Lots of sneezing and pulling faces ensues, Title 'Let's try another bottle' which they do and all is well with a new title 'Ah...that's better. The guests leave and the title flags up 'goodbye' and the little girl smiles as she gets ready to leave.

Stills

A colour still image taken from TID 13697, showing a young girl dressed in a pale pink coloured dress, sat on the base pedestal in front of a fountain with her toy stuffed dog clutching a brown leather handbag in her lap. The girl in profile, looking away from camera out of the frame.
A colour still image taken from TID 13697, showing a man lacing up a 16MM projector reel, ready to be shown to the family. The man is dressed in full suit and tie, with a neutral expression on his pace.