It seemed straightforward enough when the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna put on a 'contemporary Egyptian art' exhibition.
Semi V. Exterior of Street. Camera pans R to L to the wall onto Poster announcing Art Exhibition. "Eintritt Frei".
Semi L.V. Interior Egyptian Embassy, showing contemporary Egyptian Art arranged in large gallery.
Semi C.V. 2 Gentlemen with catalogues pointing out of frame at picture.
C.V. Picture on wall Modernistic Art.
C.V. Detail of above picture.
Semi V. Portrait on wall of Mother and child.
C.V. Detail of above picture camera pans up from bottom of frame to top.
Semi C.V. Picture on wall. 2 figures. according to catalogue Father & Son. Camera Pans to next picture on wall. showing a young man smoking.
C.S Board showing children standing in a row, and directing people to part of Exhibition where pictures by children of PORT SAID are on show.
C.V. 2 Woman looking at picture.
Semi C.V. Long Mural on Board in centre of Gallery depicting scenes in Egyptian life during the recent trouble.
C.S. Detail of picture of above showing paratroopers landing.
Camera pans from L. to R. on to next section. showing soldiers pillaging and firing in the street.
Another section of same picture again, pillaging and looting.
Camera pans from L to R upwards to show boats in B. G. firing shells.
C.S. Another section of same picture more paratroops.
C.S. Another section of same picture of Aerobatics in the sky.
Camera pans down. to show soldiers firing on ships. Z of which are sinking.
C.S. Picture on wall no.21 Trouble in the Streets.
C.S. Another picture on wall. Showing civilians in distress, children crying etc.,
C.S. Details of above picture. camera pans across picture to show soldiers shooting at civilians. soldiers in right hand corner.
C.S. Building apparently falling down, by bomb damage. Camera pans down to show people in ruins.
Side angle Picture on wall. Picture of general confusion. Camera pans from R to L show group of Egyptian people in great distress shreiking etc.,
C.U. Details of above picture. Woman shreiking. Camera pans R to L and Down to show 2 girls shreiking.
C.U. Detail from same picture, Woman's Hand also shreiking.
Camera pans up to right. To show another woman shreiking.
Camera pans to the left,to another head.
Semi C.V. 3 people looking at pictures.
C.S. Aman looking up picture and pointing at frame. (From same group of people of previous shot.)
C.U. Of same three people favouring the girl
Semi C.V. Of the picture of the man's arm and hand pointing out detail of picture. Picture is of boats being shot at by soldiers.
Semi C.V. Picture of Egyptian mother holding her baby which is bleeding and she is crying.
C.S. Detail of above picture.
C.V. Of 2 people with catalogue, they turn a page to another picture which has been removed-- from the exhibition as Anti-British Propaganda.
C.U. Of removed picture. which show soldiers shooting at a family in bedroom.
C.S. The same spectators as they turn a page.
C.U. Picture of what they are looking at. Page of catalogue turned over showing the picture also removed from gallery of bathers being machines gunned by planes.
C.S. Spectators with closed catalogue.
C.U. Of another picture of Egyptian father being taken away from his wife and children.
C.U. Catalogue being opened. Egyptian being attacked by soldiers (removed from gallery)
Semi V. 3 pictures on wall, paratroops & planes visitor walks past with catalogue in her hand.
Semi L.V. Visitors in Gallery looking at pictures.
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Background: It seemed straightforward enough when the Egyptian Embassy in Vienna put on a 'contemporary Egyptian art' exhibition. And so it was --at least on the ground floor. But on the first floor, under the heading 'Port Said, November 1956' the exhibition was merely a vehicle for anti-British propaganda.
The Austrian authorities promptly ordered the offending section to be withdrawn when they discovered that the exhibits - mostly the work of school-children - depicted British and French troops shooting defenceless civilians, looting and pillaging.
The section contained fifty such pictures, many selected clearly upon their propaganda rather than their articstic merit. Following Austrian protests 11 of the pictures in the section were removed.
And here are some of the offending pictures:
They show paratroops entering a bedroom with guns blazing; a family attacked by French troops,; bathers being machine-gunned by fighter planes; and an Egyptian father being taken away (in pyjamas) from his wife and children.