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  • Short Summary

    Very cute film showing children dressed as chess pieces playing a game on an outdoor board.

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    "Chess - the great name of the thinker - and a novel way they played it in Kent" High angle shot of a chess board. Pieces are moved - a game in progress. Dissolve into a large outdoor chess board with real children representing the chess pieces. The children take it in turns to move across the board.

    When one piece "takes" another the children tap each other on the shoulder and point to the edge of the board. The losing piece walks off - very cute. Low angle of man scratching his head - as if wondering what move to make next. Game continues. M/S of man sitting on a chair on top of a table beside the chess board. He is presumably directing play. Low angle the other "player".

    "Check!" The player seen first stands on the table scratching his head. The white rook walks across the board, points at the king who puts his hands up in a "surrender" gesture. The second player looks excited and throws his hand in the air. "And mate!" He sits back in his chair and we see the move from a high angle. M/S of all the pieces marching towards each other from either side of the board, then towards the camera. Very cute! Looks like this was shot outside a school - the two "players' are probably teachers.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 639.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:44:00 / 01:10:25:00
    EP 268

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