Czech schoolgirls dance wearing gas masks, an ancient tradition in Austria and a plague of grasshoppers in Mexico.
Titles read: "CINETOPICALITIES IN BRIEF".
Various locations of events.
In Czechoslovakia we see lines of young girls in shorts and t-shirts marching towards us. By a trick of the camera, they are all fitted with gas masks and start jogging on the spot. The schoolgirls then do a kind of traditional dance in pairs in the playground, still with the gas masks in place. It looks quite sinister, or funny, depending on your sense of humour.
In a village near Salzburg, Austria, we see an old tradition of men on horseback racing through the streets, followed by three young men on foot. A Nazi / Swastika banner can be seen hanging from one of the buildings. It is apparently to ward off a second visitation of the plague from years ago. The winner, one of the young runners, climbs to the top of a ladder and kisses a wooden statue as part of the tradition. He seems to be putting a lot into that kiss!
In Northern Mexico we see horrible shots of a plague of millions of grasshoppers crawling over fields. We are told it is the worst bout for years. Men mix up large drums of poison with sawdust, treacle and bran and scatter it over the fields by means of a kind of machine-gun implement on the back of moving trucks. M/S of the crawling grasshoppers being shooed away by men's hands - yuk!