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The Queen is dead. The whole world had joined the United Kingdom to celebrate this year the 70 years of reign of its queen Elisabeth II, who acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25. Her coronation the following year was a landmark, for the first time cameras were allowed to film inside Westminster, and Pathé celebrated the sovereign in a large color report. The Queen is dead, God save the King!
60 years ago, France rejuvenated with the arrival of baby boomers. Almost a quarter of the French population joined the school benches starting their school year. Alone or with their brothers and sisters, serious or late, the students had no choice but to go back to school, even if some tried to escape at the last minute in front of the Eclair operator’s cameras ! We wish an excellent back to school to the students of 2020, with a smile and the necessary physical distance...
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HAPPY EASTER !
More than 100 years ago in Chamonix, we climbed the slopes without a drag lift, we were skiing in skirts, and the springboards were not protected. Live winter sports !
This is Crêpes Day!
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When a Gardois meets a Charolaise... It happens at the Porte de Versailles, where the famous French Agricultural Competition took place for the first time in 1925 inaugurated by President Gaston Doumergue. In 1964, it will become the International Agricultural Exhibition. Welcome, calves, cows, pigs !
Maybe a letter would be better, the old santa doesn't seem to hear very well...We've heard that is looking for a translator for these charming little girls' requests. Anyone?
To learn the alphabet, no matter where you learn, and on St Louis Island in 1932, when there is no room at school, we teach in an old shop. Welcome back everyone !
When the sporting Companies FEMINA and ACADEMIA met to Elisabeth Stadium in 1919 (Gaumont newsreel 1951GJ 00002).
The European elections will take place on 25 and 26 May in France. Forty years ago, the citizens of the member countries voted for the first time, and the children of 1979 had strong views on the construction of Europe...
On the night of March 29 to 30, UK will officially leave the European Union. Our British cousins have settled there almost 3 years by referendum, but 45 years ago, in 1974, the question was already on the agenda, during the economic crisis raging in the country. At the time, the Labor Party was for leaving the UE, as illustrated by this interview of one of their representatives, from Gaumont Collection...
Isabelle Huppert is nominated this year for the best actress Oscars. We wish her as much success as Simone Signoret who, in 1960, became one of the rare French winner of this status.
Gaumont Pathé Archives team wishes you an happy new year!
Like every year, Santa Claus is ready and waiting to accomplish everyone’s wishes. We hope you were wise, and wish you a happy festive season and shoes filled with presents !
In 1964, after successfull completion of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro gives us his recipe for perfect lasagna as he’s leading his men into battle. His secret ingredient, it’s béchamel !
November 3rd 2016, is the World Kindness day. Created in 2009 in France, maybe we can find its origin in 1951, when Paris was starting its "crusade for kindness".
As every year, All Saints' Day is November 1st . On this occasion, Eclair Journal takes us to a tour of Parisian cemeteries and famous graves.
Here are few advices to spend your energy after Christmas and New Year's Eve. (from reference 5712GJ 00007)
On the occasion of the Christmas season, Parisian luxury trades present us a choice of charming and original gifts. Are you tempted?(from reference 3651EJ 26532)
The Grand Palais celebrates "l'enfant terrible de la mode" with an exhibition from April 1st to August 3rd 2015. Here in 1998, he spoke about the designer he would be 20 years later. (from reference 2009JL 00026 - Jean Luret Collection)
Born on January 21st 1905, he would have turned 110. Happy Birthday Mr Christian Dior. (from reference 5533GJ 00001)
Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in Roma, on the set of the famous scene from "La Dolce Vita" (from reference 5900ENU54182)