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Visit of H.R.H. Princess Louise to Blackburn (1905)
A majestic Blackpool monument to Queen Victoria is unveiled by Princess Louise.
Non-Fiction 1905 13 mins Silent
An artist and sculptor herself, and the first member of the royal family to exhibit at the Royal Academy, Princess Louise made an apt choice to unveil a statue to her late mother, Queen Victoria, on Blackburn's Boulevard. Mitchell & Kenyon's cameras captured the large formal procession, plus close-up shots of the Princess (known for her dislike of royal protocol) chatting happily to her hosts.
Unusually, the filmmakers apparently had at least two, and perhaps several cameras in action on the day. In the first scenes of the unveiling, the statue is out of shot and we barely notice the Princess's hand tugging the cord, only the audience's reaction to it. In the following scene we see the same moment captured in long-shot, with the camera filming the previous scene visible to the left of the statue.
The Great and the Good
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Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
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Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Silent
Lord Kitchener, Commander-in-Chief of the British army, returns from South Africa to cheering crowds.
Non-Fiction 1906 1 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
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Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
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Non-Fiction 1902 1 mins Silent Location: Isle of Man
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Non-Fiction 1924 12 mins Silent Location: Blackburn
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Current affairs 1976 26 mins Location: Blackburn
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Documentary 1973 17 mins Location: Mottram in Longdendale
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Amateur film 1950 12 mins Silent Location: Blackburn
Mill workers and machines - a detailed look at the Lancashire textile industry.
Documentary 1976 25 mins Location: Norwich
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War 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Blackburn
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Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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