Film: 3523

Feature Comedy | 1950 | Sound | B/W


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Children dancing in angel costumes to gramophone music. They are rehearsing for end-of-term play. One of the girls, Amelia, returns to the classroom to steal away with her 'wings'. She carries the wings onto the tube after being chased by a large dog. London street scenes with wings. Amelia's brother runs to the park to play with the wings. Children in playground. He returns with the wings ruined and drops them onto the pavement in front of the house. Amelia is seen sobbing. She then prays for a new pair of wings. Woman with feathery hat in front of mirror. Amelia tries to buy another set of wings. She finds an old woman at a market stall who produces a tiny pair of beetle-wings, which she dances around with. Girl drawing a chalk angel on the pavement directs Amelia to the angel in the park. Amelia walks beside horses and riders and runs to find an angel statue. Just as she is about to give up, Amelia spots a woman with angel wings and follows her into a strange house. In one of the rooms she discovers an 'angel' dressed in white and with a lute. A God-like figure who is painting the angel climbs a ladder and returns with a pair of wings for Amelia. Amelia running into the distance with her new wings.
Ken Russell's first film.
Filmed in disused Crystal Palace High Level station. Girl follows performance artist around. He has a dog with him which wears angels' wings.

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