Warsaw street scenes; Pilsudski Square
- Film Title
- Poland-Paris -- Benjamin Gasul -- amateur
- Event Date
- June? 1939
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of the Gasul Family
Warsaw street scene at Pilsudski Square. Men unfurl Polish flags around statue.
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Kodachrome color film footage documenting Dr. Benjamin Gasul’s lecture tour in Europe in 1939. Scenes include the Jewish quarter in Warsaw just months before the outbreak of World War II, tourist sights in Paris with his wife Lala, and traveling on the ‘Normandie’ ship to the U.S.
Title: "The Jewish Ghetto." Exquisite color footage of Jews in the Jewish quarter of Warsaw, EXTs, sunny day, on or near Nowolipki street, a commercial area. Steady pan of Jews mingling in the streets, milling about, shops line the streets in the BG, signs in Polish. Two men dressed in shambles sleeping on the curb. MS, group of old and young Jews, boys horsing around and teasing another with a large satchel on his back. LS, Jewish woman wearing a wig gathers laundry in an alley. MCU, two religious Jews holding parchment papers converse on street corner. 01:02:33 LS, main street in Jewish quarter, Nalewki Street. MSs, CUs, Jews smiling, teasing each other, curiously pointing to the camera. Vendor sells sunglasses. Pan up to man in window. Another group sitting in chairs on the street, including children. 01:03:30 Close pan of large group of Jews with one blind elder standing in the center. Camera moves left showing Henryk Newman on left at 01:03:44. 01:03:48 Three religious elders with beards and dark hats sitting in chairs in front of a shop, one shields his face from the camera, younger Jews crowd around them. Short LS of main cobblestone street in Jewish quarter with people, carriage, and car.
Title: "Warsaw, Poland. Military Parade in Memory of Pilsudski." MSs, CUs, parade in streets of Warsaw with Polish soldiers on horses, cannons, and soldiers on bicycles.
Title: "Streets of Paris. Cafes on the Champs-Elysees. Arc de Triomphe. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Place de la Concorde." Sightseeing in Paris, including street scenes, cafe with red tables and chairs, Arc de Triomphe, Eternal Flame for Unknown Soldier (WWI) with wreath and flowers, French police, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, statues, cars on Champs d'Elysee, and aerial views from the Eiffel Tower including the Seine. 01:09:36 Title: "Malmaisson. Home of Josephine." LS, palace and grounds with tourists. 01:09:56 Title: "Versailles. Its Beautiful Gardens and Fountains." Tourists visit Versaille, outdoor cafe, Frenchman peddling souvenirs. EXT, walls, cars parked on street, entry gate. View of gardens from terrace, fountains spraying. Small cottage by river at Versailles.
Title: "Havre. Homeward Bound on the 'Normandie'." Le Havre harbor. HAS, construction of boat, docks. View of the rival ship 'Queen Mary' anchored, seen from the deck of 'Normandie.' On deck, people on red chaise lounge chairs, man in swimming pool behind. Good view of the Statue of Liberty.
Title: "And here is 'Home Sweet Home' and the Children." Short sequence of the three Gasul children. CU, baby with bonnet (Judy, the donor) in carriage. Sister (Sandra) in red velvet dress plays with Judy. MS, three girls sitting on the bench. Oldest sister (Gloria) in same red velvet dress holds Judy on her lap with Sandra at right.