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Scenes of the Delhi Camp
Scenes of the Delhi Camp

Scenes of the Delhi Camp 1911


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Scenes of the Delhi Camp 1911

2 mins United Kingdom

This edition of the Gaumont Graphic newsreel opens with a few shots of the encampment at the site of the 1911 Delhi Durbar, celebrating the coronation of King George V as Emperor of India. To spice up these - frankly rather anti-climactic - images, Gaumont's editors then give us a look back at the spectacle of the previous Durbar of 1902-3 (the Gaumont Graphic item was put together before the equivalent 1911 scenes had taken place).

The 1902 footage was also taken by Gaumont and can also be seen separately (ironically in less crisp image quality) on BFI Player. Such topical filmmaking was a precursor of newsreel proper, crystallising in 1910, the year both Pathe and Gaumont started issuing their regular branded series. The 1911 editors' plundering of 1902 material is an early example of what remains a widespread practice, to this day, of factual film and TV: producers exploiting their back-catalogues to insert historical 'stock' footage into newer productions.




British Raj Delhi Durbars


North India




United Kingdom



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