• Short Summary

    The excitement and pageantry of Pisa's "Gioco del Ponte" - a contest between the two sectors of the city divided by the River Arno - was filmed recently by Visnews.

  • Description

    1.
    CU Heraldic banner moved away from camera disclosing the Ponte Di Mezzo
    0.09

    2.
    LV Three guards on bridge.
    0.12

    3.
    SV Procession moves along banks of the Arno.
    0.16

    4.
    Rear V... Ditto
    0.18

    5.
    LTV The bridge
    0.22

    6.
    SV Drummers
    0.24

    7.
    LTV The two teams strain against the barrier on the bridge
    0.29

    8.
    Rear V...Ditto
    0.31

    9.
    SV The other team
    0.33

    10.
    SV Team other team
    0.33

    11.
    LTV The winning team return to their supporters
    0.42

    12.
    SV Spectators on balcony
    0.44

    13.
    Rear V... Another team take up their positions
    0.49

    14.
    Side V.. Starter with flag
    0.51

    15.
    SV Teams straining
    0.55

    16.
    SV The winning push
    0.59

    17.
    SV Defeated team return to their supporters
    1.2

    18.
    SCU Supporters on balcony
    1.4

    19.
    STV Barrier on the bridge
    1.7

    20.
    LTV Teams take up positions
    1.12

    21.
    Rear V... Sentinels on Bridge
    1.14

    22.
    STV The two teams push
    1.17

    23.
    SV Crowd on balcony
    1.19

    24.
    LTV The winning push
    1.25

    25.
    TGV Losing team retire
    1.29



    Initials BA/MR@RC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The excitement and pageantry of Pisa's "Gioco del Ponte" - a contest between the two sectors of the city divided by the River Arno - was filmed recently by Visnews.

    Origin on the contest - an occasion for general festivities and merrymaking is lost in antiquity, but it received its present name in 1400, and Lorenzo il Magnifico decreed that large shields known as "targoni" should be used, and the contest itself should be 'fought out' on the Ponte di Mezzo.

    Each half of the city parades along the gaily decorated banks of the Arno and chooses a large team from which ten combatants are selected. A challenge is hurled amidst flag waving, peals of clarions and rolls of drums. A large gun goes off, bells start ringing, and teo teams of five try to defeat each other by pushing a cart, running on rails, across the bridge to the opposite side of the river The warriors wear breast plates and helmets, and five 'jousts' on the bridge decide the winners of the match,
    This year, there was an unofficial contest - fists flying in every direction - when the two team captains objected to the judges' decision.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAMYFGXHLRLX6UAIUOIIA8UVDX
    Media URN:
    VLVAMYFGXHLRLX6UAIUOIIA8UVDX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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