- Title: CF758
02:21:31 - 02:23:19
South of France, Hautpoul, 1947. Man exits house, walks down rocky pathway. House in background, shutters on window, rural France. Passes crumbling walls once used to keep out invaders. V/O; “No one comes here any more, those of us who still live here grow fewer and fewer”. Old man talks to old lady. Man stands on top of small hill looks over to town of Mazamet, pan across roof tops of well built houses and churches amongst hills. Sign “MAZAMET 0.3… CASTRES 19.8”. V/O; “Mazamet became the centre instead of Hautpoul and now all of us from up above come down to transact business”. Street in small town of Mazamet, lots of shops, man walks up to shop keeper. Cyclists pass modern bank. CU of “National D’escompte De Paris” on front of building. “Credit LYONNAIS” sign, “Bonnafous & Co Bureaux”, “Rene Roques”, “Lains-Peaux Dechets Texttils, Escande Freres”. Prosperous town.
02:23:19 - 02:25:50
Farmer in field with flock of sheep, sheep graze in hills, rural scenes. Mazamet “developed a busy little textile industry and began bringing in wool from further and further away”, cargo trains unloading cargo. V/O; “about a hundred years ago their factories had to close down, because flocks got sick and died off… they had no wool any more… the whole town had come to depend on the industry”. Arnette River flowing through town, CU of man made canal (used for washing wool) Narrator “It was this river that saved Mazamet a hundred years ago” CU of sheep head, wool being trimmed with scissors, old fashioned sheep shearing. CU of sheep hides soaking in water from Arnette River. Sheep hide on slab, man rubs wool from hides. Pan across prospering Mazamet, factories amongst rolling hills. CU of sheep hides tied together “INDUSTRLA ARGENTINA”. Man sorting hides. Men standing around sign/notice CU of sign “LAINES DE MAZAMET” (wool of Mazamet) “CHANGEMENTS DE PRIX”. CU men writing in notebooks (changes to price). Economy, prosperity, consumption.
02:25:50 - 02:29:07
Instruction of wool preparation process. Man sorting hides, washing hides, INT factory, fermentation chamber, removing wool from hide by hand. CU of curved knife ‘peeler’ removing wool from hides. Dried skins collected and shipped, van piled high with skins, transporting to factory. Skin preparation process, skins soaking, put through machines, tanned (preserved), dried, polished. CU of polishing of leather, pressing machine. Leather production
- Keywords:FRANCE, FOREIGN AID, US AID, MARSHALL PLAN, POST WW2 RECONSTRUCTION, INDUSTRY, AGRICULTURE, TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY
- Master Title:CF758