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Harold Defries Bar Mitzvah
Some serious moves can be seen by guests of all ages in his lovely film showing the Bar Mitzah celebrations of Harold Defries in London in 1960.
Amateur film 1960 9 mins Silent
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1960 was the year of the twist and that is one of many moves on display at this Bar Mitzvah celebration in London. It starts so politely, with guests in evening dress formally welcomed by a doorman in red tailed jacket. Things get busier when the guest of honour arrives and he’s dragged round the dance floor by an older relative. Soon, everybody’s dancing – young and old – with many showing off the recently introduced twist and others jiving, waltzing or just generally boogieing.
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Refugee Today and Tomorrow
Documentary 1938 17 mins
A fierce denunciation of anti-Semitic policies in Nazi Germany seen in the context of the global refugee crisis of 1938.
Children's Outing to Northumberland 2
Amateur film 1937 2 mins Silent Location: Northumberland
Jewish children enjoy the warm Northumbrian sunshine as the rise of Fascism in Europe threatens peacetime.
Jewish Ex-Service Men's Coronation Parade 2
Amateur film 1937 3 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Jewish ex-service men make a stand against fascism in a moving display of pride and patriotism in the 1930s.
Talmud Torah and Home for Aged Jews
School programme and Educational film 1936 23 mins Silent Location: Leeds
An admonishment to keep to Orthodox ways, or a young Jew poking fun at this; whichever way this film is viewed, it gives a fascinating insight into Leeds Jewish community c.1936.
The Friendship Club River Tyne Boat Trip
Amateur film 1956 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All aboard a Tyne ferry, the Friendship Club of Newcastle take a pleasure trip down river in glorious summer sunshine.
Opening Maccabi House in No. 9 Windsor Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne, by the Rt. Hon. Lord Nathan of Churt
Amateur film 1951 15 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A big welcome for former Labour politician Lord Nathan at a smart new post-war Maccabi club in Newcastle.
Fire! October '63
Amateur film 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Local emergency services spring into action to put out blaze and protect rubbernecking residents in Redbridge, north-east London
Trev's 21st 1963
Amateur film 1963 2 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
It's twistin' time! Wander in and celebrate Trev's 21st birthday in this fly-on-the-wall film.
Amateur film 1978 4 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Pearly Queens meet Carnival Queens at the annual carnival day extravaganza in Ilford
Stephen and Marcus
Amateur film 1960 11 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Playtime in the garden for two young London children, including a large element of slapstick fun.
Hetty and Willy Defries Silver Wedding
Amateur film 1959 5 mins Silent Location: Redbridge
Happy faces dominate this home film, showing guests greeting Hetty and Willy Defries, who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
Wanstead and Woodford Cine Club Dance
Amateur film 1955 2 mins Silent Location: Woodford
Couples shake their moves in this short home movie recorded at the annual dance held by a group of East London amateur cinema enthusiasts.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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