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‘Close’ Friends

Still from Close Friends

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Philippa Miller

Description:

'Silent film shot by Miss Philippa Miller recording scenes of people and activities around the 1930s-style bay-fronted terraced houses and gardens in a small residential close at different seasons of the year. Miss Miller lived in Norwich so the film has provisionally been linked to Norwich, but identification of the location would be welcome. The film captures the relaxed and friendly relationship between the women, men and children filmed and Miss Miller behind the camera. From the film stock marks it appears that the film was shot between 1965 and 1967.

All but two of the scenes are filmed outdoors. Indoors we see four women sitting together looking at two boxed costume dolls and stroking a black poodle, and a brief scene of an elderly lady. The exterior scenes were filmed during winter, spring and summer and capture people's activities and domestic chores around their homes and gardens, their comings and goings, and various pet dogs. Scenes include: women clearing a path through snow; a row of ten sparrows on a ledge above a snowy roof; a man washing a car with cloth and bucket of water as laundry billows on a washing line; a woman dressed to go out in hat and coat carrying bags; children playing with a dog, a football, a toy pram and a toy tractor; a bride in white outfit with bouquet standing with a man, perhaps her father, and a woman chauffeur in peaked cap helping people into a car as they leave for a wedding; crocuses; another man washing a car; a boy on a tricycle; a knife grinder at work, operating his machine by treadle within a handcart with large wheels; a man mowing the lawn a man painting the front gate of a spring garden; a young man and woman; a man up a ladder cleaning windows; women with two children in matching coats; a house under construction with the timber frame of the upper storey and roof open; a woman hanging out sheets on a washing line; a woman shaded beneath a floral parasol standing in front of flowering rose bushes; a woman setting off on a bicycle; a woman holding a baby; children sitting on a lawn and playing with modelling clay; a young man; a woman at a window; a chaffinch; rose bushes; another lady dressed in hat and coat with bag going out; a woman playing ball with the black poodle; a man using an axe to chop at the roots in a hole around a tree stump' (EAFA).


“Cynniewink” Sets Sail, The

Date produced: 1929

Filmmaker(s):

S. Winston Childs

Description:

Amateur film documenting the wedding of S. Winston Childs and Cynthia (Cheney) Childs. The film shows guests gathered in formal attire; eventually the bride and groom exchange vows, share the wedding cake, and depart from the ceremony.


[Amateur Cinema League in Toronto]

Date produced: 1942

Filmmaker(s):

Narcisse Pelletier

Description:

The title card reads: an amateur movie reel in kodachrome. Footage includes: S. Hurok Ballet Theater : "La fille mal gardée" (excerpts); Folk Dance Demonstrations by Ukrainians; Chinese Stage Dragon Dance for Red Cross; Eaton's Santa Claus Parade (no date); A Bit of the Toronto Skating Carnival; and An Abrupt Change to Ballet on a Stage in Toronto. Library and Archives Canada


[Architecture of Hollywood, CA]

Date produced: 1928

Filmmaker(s):

William Taylor

Description:

"Mr. Taylor submitted an amusing scenic film in the 35 millimeter division, showing the varied and bizarre architecture of Hollywood. An honorable mention was awarded this film. This contest contribution was made last Summer and Fall during Mr. Taylor's spare time. He used a small automatic camera, equipped with ah F .3.5. lens, and an old Pathe of doubtful vintage" Photoplay, June 1928, 137.


[Chicago Fair Film]

Date produced: 1934

Filmmaker(s):

Bill Turnbull

Description:

"Bill Turnbull of Denver entered several 8mm subjects of the Chicago Fair. To our mind they were among the very best pictures of that event that had been submitted to us in the past two years. His pictures were well cut, nicely edited and deserving of honorable mention." American Cinematographer, Feb. 1936, 73.


[Edwards Gardens]

Date produced: 1964

Description:

"Film features trees and leaves, ducks, water, a statue, 2 women wearing coats, a bridge and some house-like structures. The garden was filmed in the spring/summer and fall" Archives of Ontario.


[Kentucky Bridges and Dams]

Date produced: 1928

Filmmaker(s):

Albert Waymeyer

Description:

"Mr. Waymeyer's film was a scenic of Kentucky bridges and dams. His film was hand tinted by himself. "Many hours of labor with a fine brush and pen and a magnifying glass were the chief tools," he says, not mentioning the required perseverance" Photoplay, June 1928, 137.


[Queen’s Visit - Elizabeth II]

Date produced: 1959

Description:

"Film documents Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Toronto. Film shows crowds gathered, Queen Elizabeth II arriving at event and speaking with people" Archives of Ontario.


[Royal Visit]

Date produced: 1939

Description:

"Film documents King George VI's visit to Toronto. Film includes King George VI arriving with Queen Elizabeth at Queen's Park, crowds in street and the royals leaving via motor car parade" Archives of Ontario.


[Stikine River placer mining and travel, 1930s—parts 1 to 4]

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Joseph J. Jackson

Description:

"Mainly shows trip(s) up the Stikine by riverboat and placer mining activity [nearby]. Includes: waterfront view of Wrangell, Alaska; views of and from riverboat Hazel B No. 2 going upriver; the Three Sisters (islands in the river); riverboat at Telegraph Creek and barge at Dease Lake, and local activity; forest fire & fire-fighting; shots of Fokker F-11AHB flying boat designated CF-AUV (at dock and taking off) and a Fairchild floatplane; aerial shots in the vicinity; wreckage of aircraft CF-AUV (which crashed at McDame Lake, 13 July 1935); general scenery and wildlife. The placer mining footage, which is interspersed, includes shots of a small mining camp, sluice works, panning, hydraulic monitor operation, jerry-built mining equipment in use, etc. [The footage] was shot [ca. 1933-35] by Joseph J. Jackson, whose company "Three J's Placer Mines, Inc." prospected near the confluence of Thibert Creek with Dease Lake in [the years 1931-35]." (BC Archives)


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