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Growing up on 8mm
« on: March 20, 2019, 02:31:22 pm »
WARNING!
This thread is purely self-indulgent nostalgia, the video equivalent of being invited to have a look at someone’s holiday photographs.
I’ll aim to post one a week and see how I far I get… 

Dad was the photographer in our family, but mum had an 8mm movie camera, which she used sporadically from the early 60’s till 1984. We used to have occasional movie nights when we were kids, but for decades the film was degenerating in a cupboard.
A couple of years ago, I had them all digitalised, sorted them chronologically and edited them down to digestible  chunks.

Apart from the obvious reviving old memories, one of the most enjoyable aspects was trawling through the music folder on my pc, choosing appropriate soundtracks to put them to.

As Julie Andrews famously sang: ‘Let’s start at the very beginning- A very good place to start’

My Dad, Hans Larsen, was a visiting lecturer from Denmark in University College Dublin in 1960, where he met a young Irish lass at a dance. Romance ensued and she married the tall dark foreigner who whisked her off to Denmark for a year, before being posted to Beirut, Lebanon, where he worked in the Danish embassy till 1974.

This is their wedding movie, I presume taken by her uncle, as she didn’t have her camera yet.
They didn’t marry in her local church; the priest insisted they would have to have a dawn wedding because she was marrying a protestant and he didn’t want it witnessed by the congregation.
Some typical late 50’s fashion by the ladies here

I think Dad made quite a catch  :)

The music is Suite De Pièce No.4 In D Minor For Keyboard, Handel: Sarabande





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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 03:06:49 pm »
Lovely piece of family history. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 06:39:08 am »
Thanks for sharing, Brian.

You did a good job editing and music worked perfectly.

Love the hats, so popular then. My paternal grandmother was a hat-maker.

My parents, also of mixed nationalities, also married in '61 in the UK before they brough me into the world in '65.

Look forward to the next episode.

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 09:39:14 am »
@ Joueur & David,
Thanks for watching and the positive comments.

I think this may be a long, slow-burn thread.

There are a couple of really interesting/funny clips down the line; but for the main part it will be footage of our regular (or odd) family life, hopefully enhanced by some interesting music.

Dip in and out as you please!  :)

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2019, 04:13:09 pm »
Week 2:
Dublin. Dec '63/Jan '64
My film debut, although you can’t actually see me!  ;)

I’m in my mum’s pregnant belly with mum, dad and my brother, Hans, watching the deer in the Phoenix park, then the Dublin mountains with dad and my aunt, and Stephen’s green with my grandfather and uncle.

It’s  my actual birthday at the very end of the clip: 4 generations celebrating my arrival in the hospital, with hard liquor and cigars, of course.  ;D

Music: 'God bless the child' by the gifted Irish singer Mary Coughlan



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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2019, 06:58:47 am »
Thanks Brian

Lovely nostalgic feel to the video.  Music was great ...

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2019, 03:12:01 pm »
Lovely nostalgic feel to the video.  Music was great ...

Ta Dave,

Well it was over half a century ago!  ;)

I saw Mary Coughlan in Wheelan's pub in Dublin back in the 90's- fab performer.

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2019, 09:38:15 pm »
Touching and precious. Thanks for this lens into your life Brian.

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2019, 11:37:43 am »
You're welcome, Maggie  :)

It can be hard to decide what might be of interest to others, but anyone who ends up in this corner of the forum has only themselves to blame  ;)
Stay tuned...

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2019, 11:49:19 am »
That's true, Brian.  But so far so good :)

Look forward to more ...

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2019, 01:20:42 pm »
Week 3:
A little early, as I’m off to Italy in the morning 😊

I spent the first 10 years of my life in Antelias, a small village, just north of Beirut.

This clip starts off with the view from the casino overlooking the coastline; then the Easter candle procession in our village with all the locals togged out in their Sunday best.
The second half is of my brother Hans and me picking flowers in the local forest.
You can see the beginning of my mother's practice of dressing all her four boys Identically- A habit that continued till we went to university.

Music:
1)   Sally in the Garden by Boiled in Lead
2)   Pass it on by the Coral (Bill Ryder-Jones, the Coral guitarist, has his studio just down the road from me.)




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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2019, 09:48:45 pm »
I just started watching. Your mom was a captivating bride. Great hats on the guests. Wow. The music is especially perfect because I'm going to the Handel Hendrix Museum very soon, so thanks for using that piece!

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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2019, 09:55:50 pm »
Your brother walked like a drunken sailor. Haha. What a jovial little bug. So cute.

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2019, 07:23:56 am »
Dressed identically till you went to uni? It would have given hand-me-downs a whole new meaning Brian. Something of a ground hog day?

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Re: Growing up on 8mm
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2019, 09:22:17 am »
Love your project Brian :)

 

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