The funeral service of Mimi Rossetto, queen of the gypsies, was held yesterday, April 26th, in the church of Lendinara, a quarter of Rovigo city.
L.V. The gypsy encampment.
C.U. An amateur cameraman.
S.T.V. Others sitting by the coffin.
C.U.Pan From the coffin to the mourners.
S.V. A little girl crying.
S.T.V. The coffin.
S.V. The crowds of cameraman.
S.V.Pan The funeral procession filing past (the next Queen is immediately behind the car, in the centre a middle aged woman.)
S.V.Pan Priests filing past.
S.T.V.Pan Procession past.
Back V. The crowds following.
Angle V.Pan down.. from top of church down to the procession filing inside.
S.V. A bass drum and cymbal.
S.V. A line of young men washing over their hands according to tradition before re-entering the camp.
C.U. Women gypsies in the camp.
S.V. Burying the Queen's bedding another tradition.
S.C.U. The hospital be refused by the dead Queen.
S.V. The burnt bedding.
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Background: The funeral service of Mimi Rossetto, queen of the gypsies, was held yesterday, April 26th, in the church of Lendinara, a quarter of Rovigo city.
A vast crowd of sightseers and pressmen drawn from all over Italy, and abroad, mills around the tent which was the residence of the gypsy queen during her illness.
Members of the gypsy fraternity gather round to pay last farewells before the procession forms up to proceed to the church and the interment.
The cortege is witness in the streets by silent crowds. In accordance with tradition, on returning from the ceremony the gypsies wash their hands and faces before re-entering their camp. This done, the tent of the deceased gypsy queen is set on fire.