Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the San Paola Festival film, circa 1950


Collection ID:
circa 1950
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
1 Film reel
3 minutes
black-and-white silent negative; 100 feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
1 roll of 35 mm nitrate negative motion picture film of the 1950 San Paola Festival, Brooklyn, NY. Footage documents the Giglio or Feast of St. Paulinus, an Italian religious pageant of liberation which originated in Nola, Italy and was recreated in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York by immigrants. Giglio refers both to the ceremonial structure, a tower, and to the spectacle surrounding its transport through the streets. Footage contains shots of men carrying the tower, crowds dancing in the street around it, and spectators.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.


Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the San Paola Society in 1984.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Preferred Citation
San Paola Festival film, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The Human Studies Film Archives also holds Brooklyn San Paulino Feast, circa 1939, Brooklyn Giglio film, 1956, and I Gigli a Nola, 1923.

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Local Numbers

Local Numbers
HSFA 1984.5.1


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