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  • Short Summary

    French ceremony - the hounds are blessed by a priest before the hunt.

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    Title: "A curious French Custom - Blessing the Hounds before opening the Meet".

    M/S of a a chaotic scene in a village square before the start of a hunt; in the foreground handlers hold back a pack of dogs, in the background is a crowd of people, including several altar boys holding staffs. A priests steps forward from the crowd and sprinkles holy water over the dogs.

    A few seconds of spacing follows.

    M/S of the dog handlers with their pack of Beagles, several young boys stand on a wall behind them, one of the men whacks a dog with his flat cap. Various shots, looking between the dogs and their handlers, of the crowd of villagers and the altar boys. M/S of the handlers and their pack of dogs coming up a village street.

    Various shots of a group of men in hunting uniforms with brass horns hanging on their shoulders, they appear to be chatting. M/S of three hunters on horseback riding towards the camera. Various shots of the hunting party riding through some woodland.

    C/U of a group of men gathered around a dead animal (a deer or a wild boar perhaps?), some of the men are skinning the animal using knives. M/S of a group of men in hunting uniforms with brass horns slung over their shoulders, a pack of dogs are held in front of them. M/S of the same scene; one of the huntsmen holds up the head of a dead deer which he waggles in front of the dogs, eventually he runs off screen and the dogs rush in to devour the animal, a huntsman steps in front of the camera and blows his horn.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:04:00 / 01:54:51:00
    G 1150

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