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Summary: An edition of the British official newsreel "World Pictorial News", produced by the Ministry of Information, Middle East.
Description: I. 'NEWS FROM ENGLAND.' An item introducing two new British civil short-haul feeder airliners. Footage shows a parked and chocked De Havilland Dove airliner in civil livery. Interior footage shows the passenger compartment and cockpit as the commentary describes the design of the aircraft as being one step closer to the "family aeroplane" of the future. De Havilland Dove G-AGRJ is shown in flight with one propeller feathered. A Miles Marathon (Handley Page) feeder airliner is pushed out of a hangar in an undisclosed location and is later shown in flight (no livery).
II. 'ITALY VOTES.' Roman citizens paste up political fly-posters which read "Basta con le Dittature", "Votate per l'Unione Democratica Nazionale" (No More Dictatorships- Vote for the Democratic Union). Salvatore Aldisio addresses crowd; woman talks into microphone; crowd claps; another speaker; Vittorio Orlando then addresses meeting. Italians queue to vote on election day. Alcide de Gasperi of the Christian Democratic Party casts his vote. Camera pans over crowded square, where citizens celebrate the creation of the new republic. Italians wave banners that read "Viva la Repubblica". De Gasperi addresses the Italian people, broadcasting by radio from his office desk (mute).
III. 'ARAB LEGION PRESENTS COLOURS.' A contingent of the Arab Legion parade at a London barracks during their visit to the capital to attend the Victory Day celebrations. The Arab Legion standard is presented under armed honour guard (Lee-Enfield Mk III .303-inch rifles) to a reception committee of the Household Cavalry which is headed by Colonel Gooch.
IV. 'NEWS FROM GERMANY.' Berlin civilians watch an outdoor demonstration of high-wire walking by visiting members of the "Between Heaven and Earth" acrobatic troupe. The commentary states that all proceeds from the event would be transferred to anti-fascist and save the children organisations. The event is filmed by a mobile newsreel camera team from Welt Im Film.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
World Pictorial News, Middle East (Production company)
Martin, Charles (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Gasperi, Alcide de (person)
Orlando, Vittorio Emanuele (person)
Aldisio, Salvatore (person)
British Army, Household Cavalry (regiment/service)
Transjordanian Army & Arab Legion (regiment/service)
Welt im Film (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - transport: De Havilland Dove (object name)
aircraft, British - transport: Miles Marathon (object name)
politics, Italian - establishment (object name)
politics, Italian - institutional (object name)
ceremonies, Arab - event-related: presentation of colours (object name)
journalism and record, Allied - cameraman: Welt im Film (object name)
recreation, German civilian - theatre (object name)
Italian general election & 2/6/1946 (event)
GB, England (geography)
Germany & Berlin, Berlin (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: Arabic
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 554 ft; Running time: 6 mins