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  • Short Summary

    Shots of Turkish tradesmen and merchants + panoramic views of Turkish cities.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Un Pays Qui Agonise - La Turquie".

    Part of a French film about Turkey. Titles in French.

    Sequence showing different Turkish tradesmen at work. MS man breaking rocks with sledgehammer. VS men at outdoor stands selling sweets and peanuts - they weigh the produce on scales and put it in paper bags for customers. Various shots a cobbler repairing shoes. VS barber shaving men's heads and beards. MS removals man poses with his team of oxen. VS the charretier (the carter) with his team of oxen. VS a brick maker making bricks by hand, he stacks the bricks onto a carrier on another man's back. CU young men standing by a water pump. Various shots water carrier carrying buckets of water on yoke. VS shoe shine man sitting on stool with his brushes in front of him, his three young sons enter shot and pose with him.

    More shots of craftsmen & merchants at work. Various shots of a man with large urn on his back and a belt holding glasses around his waist - title refers to him as the "merchand de coco" (coco = liquorice in English, so presumably he is selling a liquorice-based drink). Another man enters the picture and the merchant fills a glass with liquid from a pipe attached to the urn, the man drinks it in one go. MS man selling cabbages from the back of his cart. MS man and little boy beside florist stall. MS peddler wearing large pack on his pack. MS boy on a donkey wearing large packs of vegetables. CU butcher posing next to hanging meat. MS market stall selling brass pots and platters, some customers look over the goods. MS man slicing meat off a rotisserie (revolving skewer) at kebab shop. Various shots bear baiters - two men beat tambourines while trained bears wearing muzzles dance. Various shots oarsmen rowing long boat down river. MS men standing in rowing boats moored by jetty.

    Various shots men in uniform holding staffs - their job is to alert people if there is a fire. Various shots group of young boys splashing in water along sea shore, then running to pose for camera. VS sailboats on the Bosporus strait. Scenic shot of boat at dusk, sun setting in background. View from shore showing several rowboats in foreground with others on river. Panning shot over Constantinople (Istanbul) showing bridges, waterfront and mosques. Panning shot over Eyoub (holy district of Constantinople?) Panning shot of Galata (business district of Constantinople), some ruins in foreground. Panning shots over Constantinople from the baths - lots of views of domed roofs. Panning shots over area of city where fire has destroyed buildings and left them in ruins.

    Note: WPA cataloguing suggests a colour tinted version of this item exists in American collection - not clear whether British Pathe also hold tinted version.

    Note: further sections of this film exist in ON 376 A.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1925
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:56:00 / 01:26:22:00
    ON 377 A

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