Title ID 6061Collection ID848
TitleBackward Glance
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsWorkers Local History Landscape Labour Trades Villages
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
DirectorNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration10 min. 41 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Traditional trades of Surrey are presented in this walk around a country village, produced by the North Downs Cinematograph Society in the mid 1960s.


"N.D.C.S. Presents... A Backward Glance." Music. A man walks through the landscape with a stick. He passes a couple on the same path and pauses to look at the view. A panning shot moves across the landscape the man who now wears monastic robes. He continues to walk, now through a wooded area to a village. Stopping at the door to a farrier's, he sees the horse's hoof filed and a horseshoe being knocked into shape. The farrier fixes the new horseshoe before shaping another and plunging the red hot metal into water. He hammers nails through the shoe and into the horse's hoof. The horse stands patiently. The camera pauses on a row of horseshoes hung upside down. The man wearing monastic robes continues.

In a field, a man steers a plough [?] pulled by horses, tilling the soil. At a windmill, a miller walks up the wooden steps. The following sequence cuts backwards and forwards between the mechanism inside the mill and the sails turning outside. The film ends with a man producing wheels.

Contextual information

The archive holds accompanying audio on tape for this title: Backward Glance, and for related films: Rush Hour. Whistle and I’ll Come to You

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