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Indian Scenes

A happy New Year from 'India'

Non-Fiction 1899 Silent


An Indian temple girl and handmaidens perform rituals outside a simple set of an Indian temple and display a banner reading ‘Happy New Year’. This unusual 17.5mm format film is wider than the usual silent film frame but with half the picture area of 35mm quality suffers. This was most likely one of the films provided with the Biokam, an early home-movie camera of 1899. Most of the films supplied with the camera were reductions made of Warwick Trading Company films, so it's possible this is a film they took at an event like the Greater Britain Exhibition in 1899.