Images Medievales (1950) [Short]

France (MIFF 1954 , Films From France)
Director: William Novik

An intimate picture of life in the Middle
Ages as recorded in detailed miniatures of
illuminated manuscripts of the 14th and
15th centuries found in the Bibliotheque
Nationale in Paris. Recreated is the daily
work of the French peasants, life and pleasures of nobility in the court, tournaments,
and violence of medieval warfare. William Novik has achieved variety and movement,
working from originals often not much
larger than postage stamps. He used a
special painstaking 3-filter colour technique
and magnifying attachment to his lens
throughout his year's work on the film, The
vigorous musical accompaniment, recorded
with authentic instruments, is based entirely on original medieval melodies.

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