Page 10, 25th November 1938

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Page 10, 25th November 1938 — Walsingham InCelluloid

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Walsingham InCelluloid

From Our Film Correspondent T ONDON'S Polytechnic Theatre gives us opportunity next week of seeing real Catholic what can be described as documentary in a film called The Legend of Norfolk. You ought to get it first guess that " the 4-41 Pilgrims to Walsingham were guided by a light in the church tower. legend " is Walsingham, the shrine of Our Lady visited by pilgrims from all over England until its Reformation destruction, and now visited again by pilgrims of a new 4eneration. The Legend tells straightforwardly the vivid story of that shrine with flash-backs to Tudor days and foresight for the future e of Walsingham. pilgrimage famsingham. Scenes s :hot include the Pilgrim' Way from sLondon as it looks today, ribbon-built and unromantic, contrasting with the disused and typical country lanes of Norfolk which probably are little altered by time. Barsham Manor, where Henry VIII stayed on 4-8 Ancient Well House and Beacon Basket at Walsinghani. pilgrimage, and Stiffkey Old Hall, give up their secrets to the ca camera, too.

Responsible for this pioneering piece of Z excellent craftsmanship and imagination are the director-camera-man, Joseph Leslie, and his father, Arthur Leslie, who made the commentary. Back in the summer of this year Joe and me his team lugged cameras and heavy equipment about within the pilgrimage centre after the elusive sun. The story of The Legend of Norfolk (then temporarily named Why Walsingham) was told in the CATROLic HERALD by Mr. J. Leslie himself while on location there in June. Then Mr. Leslie was all nerves and tension for the unknown results of his picture. Now he should be proud of his work which goes into the Polytechnic programme on Monday

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next. For he has achieved that rarity— a Catholic production which is not merely parochial in its appeal, but (as it should be) universal.

Joseph Leslie studies his scenario.

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