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Title:THE PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL IN FRANCE [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 129
Summary: The visit of President Bernardino Machado of Portugal to the British and Portuguese forces on the Western Front, October 1917.
Description: The film starts with the President leaving his guest château at Montreuil to the salute of the British escort, tipping his hat to the camera and driving off. At 4pm on 11 October he and Field Marshal Haig inspect the guard of honour of the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) at Lillers station. With Haig are Brigadier-General John Charteris and Brigadier-General John 'Tavish' Davidson (?), his heads of Intelligence and Operations respectively. Again Machado acknowledges the camera, leaving by car. Two days later the President arrives at Roquetoire to decorate four Portuguese officers, the first to be awarded the Croix de Guerre. Portuguese troops march past. The President leaves by car (notice the official photographer, J Warwick Brooke, in the crowd).
Production Details: War Office Cinema Committee (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Jury, William F (Production individual)
McDowell, J B (Production individual)
Raymond, H C (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Machado, Bernardino (person)
Haig, Douglas (person)
Charteris, John (person)
Davidson, John Humphrey (person)
Brooke, John Warwick (person)
British Army, Surrey Regiment, West (regiment/service)
Portuguese Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, Portuguese - state: investiture (Croix de Guerre) (object name)
delegations, Portuguese international - state (object name)
buildings, British - military: headquarters (British Expeditionary Force) (object name)
journalism and record, British - photographer (object name)
Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Roquetoire, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Lillers, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 315 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet.
Cameraman: the cameraman was either McDowell or Raymond.
Summary: Haig did not like Machado's behaviour towards the camera, he wrote in his diary that "the whole performance was like a comedy".