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Author Topic: Shell film of the 1953 Mille Miglia  (Read 1780 times)
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« on: 10 February, 2018, 08:40:50 PM »

This may be familiar to some, but I have only just found it:

Lots of Lancias; I particularly liked the Ardea at 15.30 - no way was he wasting time by stopping at the control!
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1953 Lancia Appia Series 1
1931 Austin Seven deluxe saloon
1914 Saxon Model A roadster

(previously owned Lancias: 1958 Appia Pininfarina coupe, 1987 Delta LX, 1986 Delta cabriolet, 1991 Dedra 1.8, 1993 Dedra 1.6)
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« Reply #1 on: 10 February, 2018, 11:29:40 PM »

I have a couple of these.  In a previous life I'd have signed up for the lot.

Next to the MM film on YouTube was this one I remember enjoying:

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« Reply #2 on: 11 February, 2018, 03:31:55 PM »

There used to be a version of the 1953 Mille Miglia Shell film available online with an English soundtrack, but it now seems not to be there. I think it was originally released in English. I have a copy on DVD and can make a copy for anyone interested.

It is a remarkable film and is a tribute to the director/ film cameraman Bill Mason. An extract from his obituary includes: “In 1953, coverage of the Mille Miglia was elaborately planned, with British and Italian cameramen deployed over hundreds of miles along the peaks and folds of the Alpine course; Mason, co- driver in a Ferrari, used a portable newsreel camera from the passenger seat during the race”.

Nick Mason is Bill Mason’s son.

More details on the film include:

Details from the BFI:

Cast & Credits. Cast. Commentary [Spoken by]. Nevil Lloyd. Credits. Direction: Director. Bill Mason. [Director] Assisted by. John Armstrong. Production: Production Company. Shell Film Unit. Production Company. Shell Italiana. Production Company. Automobile Club di Brescia. Production Consultant.

Details from the Library of Congress:

Title: MILLE MIGLIA 1953
Contributor Names
Bill Mason (director)
Steve Race (composer)
Created / Published: UK.
-  Information from: "Jazz on the Screen" by David Meeker:-  Kenny Baker, trumpet; George Chisholm, trombone; Jimmy Skidmore, tenor sax; Steve Race, piano, leader; Frank Clarke, acoustic double bass; Allan Ganley, drums.
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