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Haile Selassie Coronation
Description: The lavish governmental, religious and military ceremonies for Emperor Haile Selassie’s coronation in 1930. While other US and European film crews were present, Burton Holmes was the only cameraman allowed inside the Royal Enclosure. Includes footage of the coronation, various foreign diplomats and dignitaries in attendance, local people arriving in the city to watch the festivities and native chieftains garbed in lion manes, carrying lances, rifles and shields riding horseback in the processionals.
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Clip #: TFA-319A
Length: 26:37
Year: 1930
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: Burton Holmes
Region: Africa
Country: Ethiopia
Subject: Royalty
Original: 35mm
1930, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, street scenes, native people arriving into city on foot and riding horses, mules and donkeys, pack animals, men carrying rifles, men tipping and removing hats, traditional clothing, headscarves, head wraps, turbans, military men, soldiers carrying rifles, musician playing traditional string instrument, processional with soldiers standing at attention alongside road while others ride horseback and car arrives transporting dignitaries, dignitaries including American Special Ambassador Herman Murray Jacoby and Brigadier General William W. Harts disembarking car and walking up stairs, Haile Selassie greeting dignitaries and diplomats from throne, men carrying rifles walking on street, dignitaries walking down stairs and getting into car to be transported to coronation site, Selassie and dignitaries conversing, socializing, shaking hands, lion-maned tribal chieftains adorned in elaborate attire and holding lances, rifles and shields, film crews setting up cameras including Burton Holmes and his cameraman, who show off their tuxedos, coronation ceremony, St. George’s Cathedral, Ceremonial Hall, procession of Selassie to throne, religious clergy dressed in ceremonial robes, bishops, priests, coronation attendees standing at various times during ceremony, Selassie being dressed in coronation robes, given royal scepter, and crowned, Selassie wearing crown, foreign dignitaries bowing before Selassie seated on throne, King Carol II Of Romania, royal carriage driving up to front steps, procession with Selassie fully dressed in ceremonial attire walking down carpeted stairs to royal carriage, his robe train carefully held up by his aides, carriage driving off followed by procession of dignitaries and tribal chieftains, men kissing cross held by priest, procession with dignitaries in cars, chieftains on foot and riding horses, donkeys, burros, men carrying covered chairs on their heads, streets crowded with pedestrians including Burton Holmes and his wife, tribal chieftains on foot and riding horseback, train arriving at station, foreign dignitaries including King Carol II disembarking train and saluting others greeting them on station platform, Selassie I and King Carol II standing next to each other and saluting, Selassie and King Carol II walking with other dignitaries on train station platform, dignitary wearing large plumed hat struggling to get into car, car transporting dignitaries driving off, Selassie getting into car and car driving off, streets crowded with pedestrians and livestock being herded, policeman directing processional traffic through busy streets and pushing pedestrians out of way, men carrying straw / hay, policeman arguing with man who drops railroad tie on ground, Burton Holmes filming crowds of onlookers standing alongside street, processional down street with lion maned chieftains wearing traditional clothing and holding rifles / shields on foot and riding horses past crowds of onlookers, drummers riding donkeys as they play drums, armed soldiers marching, military marching band, car transporting dignitaries, mobs rushing streets and partaking in procession, Selassie seated at throne with son Prince Makonnen next to him, Burton Holmes filming throne activity, children bowing before Selassie who hands them trinkets, Selassie and Prince Makonnen departing throne as Selassie shakes hands with dignitary, crowd following Selassie as he walks towards vehicle, men carrying chairs on their heads, Selassie seated in back seat of car wearing ceremonial kaba cloak, wealthy Ethiopian man wearing ornate kaba clock sitting in chair, man helping loosen elderly man’s collar and straighten his cloak, elderly man wearing top hat

Transferred from 35mm. Original 35mm nitrate elements no longer available.

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