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Little People Arrive, The

Synopsis
Newsfilm item. Backstage at a puppet show version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There are shots of the puppets being manipulated by the puppeteers and the show in front of the curtain as seen by the audience. The string puppets are created by the influential puppeteer Ellen van Volkenburg who appears on screen. Note: The film is mute.
Series
Eve and Everybody’s Film Review
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1932
Transmission details
24 Mar 1932
Duration
2 mins

Credits

Contributor
Ellen van Volkenburg

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
puppet theatre; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Puppets

Notes

Notes
Issue number 564. The third story of five stories. The film can be viewed online at the ITN Source website.
General
In the United States the artistic puppet revival was largely inspired by Ellen Van Volkenburg at the Chicago Little Theatre with productions that included A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1916. A production of the Dream was also directed by Ellen van Volkenburg at the Little Theatre, New York City in May 1920. Miss van Volkenburg is said to have coined the word ‘puppeteer’.

Production Company

Name

British Pathé News Ltd

Online Retailer

Name

ITN Source

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uksales@itnsource.com
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