Film ID:
YFA 4198



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This film is from a collection of films made by Leeds based filmmaker Jack Goldberg. The collection consists of footage from family holidays, weddings, family food shop in Leeds, and family activities. As the family are Jewish there are a lot of interesting insights into the family traditions, foods and religious customs. This film consists of footage from a family occasion at the Goldberg's home where they eat Jewish Matzah ball soup and unleavened bread. The film also includes footage from a family trip to Whitby and a wedding.

Film Title-By gosh it's hot/a day out at Whitby

The Goldberg family are sitting in their dining room; a young boy and girl, Malcolm and Lynne are on the sofa reading books. They put down their books and sit at the table. Their mother Edith gives Lynnel a bowl of Jewish Matzo ball soup and she starts eating it,

Title-By gosh it's hot.

Edith then gives Malcolm his bowl of soup and he has to blow on the soup before he eats it. He then takes off his school cap, with the letters NCS. Their grandmother breads bits of bread into her soup while the children eat; there is a television in the room beside the grandmother.

Title-Pass the Matzo

Outside the house Edith holds the car door open for the children and they get in. Their father, Jack Goldberg also gets into the car and after that there is a shot of their father sitting on a piano stool in a house and talking to a room full of people.

The house is full of visitors and Edith sits at a table beside her daughter and another girl; she offers them plates of food. Malcolm tries to adjust the horizontal hold on the television.  The family sit around a table laden with food eating, and this is followed by a couple of the young girls dancing.

Some of the women admire a brown coat that one of the women has; they pass it around and try it on.

Lynne is hiding behind a seat but the camera watches her. She is encouraged to practice a curtsey and then she hops around the room. Another young girl plays the piano while the older women listen to her.

The next scene takes place at a racing track; Malcolm is standing on the grass looking through a pair of binoculars. The camera is among the crowd at the side of the track following the horses as they thunder past.  A row of bookies are taking bets.

The scene changes to a sunny garden where a different young girl is hopping around a garden in just a bathing suit. She sits in a deflated blow up pool and tries to inflate it from where she is. An older woman, possibly her grandmother blows the pool up for the little girl. The girl and a young boy both sit in an inflated pool and then they sit in the same one.

The film switches to what looks to be Roundhay Park, where there is a marching band.  A programme is shown for the event, Sprinter Sports gala, 1964, with the Dave Clar Five.  We then see a glimpse of a cycle race around a grass track. There are brief shots of two young boys petting an elephant and then posing beside a big, black, shiny car, next to a police motorcycle. There is a short shot of the band marching on the pitch, followed by the two boys in a swing boat and then another shot of a marching Highland band.

A river flows under a hump-back bridge and the Goldberg children are standing on it looking down.

The river is now bigger and stronger and it flows over large rocks; the children climb over these rocks. There is a brief shot of their mother lying on a coat on the grass in the sunshine; she looks at the camera and turns away.

The Goldberg family next visit a village in Yorkshire; the children and their mother stand outside a church and then wander up a cobbled street. They all put their hands into a fountain which is full of water.

Title-A day at Whitby.

Shots of Whitby, the harbour and the sea are taken from up on a cliff. The Goldbergs walk up the steps to the Church of Saint Mary, and they look around the Abbey ruins. There are lingering shots of the stone arches, the engravings, the tombs stones and the children playing around the ruins.

There are more shots of the street of Whitby taken from a height and then there are shots of the seagulls and the numerous boats in the harbour.

Malcolm and another boy go around a path on pedal go carts and then there is a shot of the Goldberg children on a lake on hand propelled boats.

The next scene is at a garden party. People are in the garden sitting down at tables and chairs and standing around chatting. A woman stands beside an older woman and makes a speech; she then brings Lynne up to present a bouquet of flowers to the older woman; she does a curtsey for her. A man takes several photographs of the event.

A few younger women stand around chatting and smiling and when one of the women notices the camera she covers her face with her hands.

The children are given bottles of orange and the adults have tea and do jigsaws at the tables.

Women are dancing barefoot in the garden and the Lynne joins in; more women and children join in the dancing.

A man stands at the top of the garden talking to the guests; he unwraps items and shows them to everybody.

The next scene opens with shots of a valley and mountains taken from the opposite side of the valley looking down. A sheep in the middle of some ferns stares at the camera. A stream flows over rocks and Malcolm sits on a boulder.

The children are on a small boat with their parents. The daughter has her mother's head scarf tied on her head in one of the shots. The son ties a knot in a rope while his sister watches. Then there is a shot of the daughter with a rain cape tied over her head; she laughs at the camera.

There are scenes of Hardraw Force waterfalls, near Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales. The Goldberg family walk along a country path. There is a brief shot of a sign for `The Green Dragon Inn'; the only way to get to Hardraw Force is through the Inn.

The next shots are of a fireworks display and then a model village animated with lights and illuminated advertising signs.

The next scene opens with a young man pouring drinks into a glass and a young woman eating food from a plate and she walks into the room. Following this, the young man is beside an older woman who is pouring a drink into his glass.

The guests, at what seems to be a birthday party or a wedding anniversary, all smile at the camera, raise their glasses and make a toast to the camera. There are shots of all the guests sitting and standing around the room.

Several couples come into the room arm-in-arm and carrying flowers; they start to dance.

Some women are organising the food on a long table, they smile at the camera. The next shot shows all the guests dancing in the rooms.

Lynne is in the garden wearing a tutu and a decoration in her hair; she is singing and dancing. Then she plays football with an older man. Next the girl is on a tricycle with an older woman and two older men; they joke about and cycle the tricycle.

Edith pushes her daughter on a swing; her son is on the other swing. Then there are the shots of the children playing on a slide.

In the next scene the Goldberg children are older teenagers, Malcolm is keeping a football up with his head, and an older man is playing football in the garden with a toddler.

Following this is a different shot of the daughter in the garden listening to a radio. She smiles and talks to the camera and then covers her face with a newspaper.

The next scene begins with a wedding at Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, Street Lane. Malcolm is now much older and is wearing a top hat and suit and is smiling at the camera. Lots more men come out of a building, most likely a synagogue, and stand and pose for the camera. Most of the men are wearing kippahs, a Jewish skull cap.

Malcolm stands beside an older man and woman and hides his face with his top hat. Then there is a shot of Lynne who is much older and is standing beside her mother. The wedding party pose outside for the photographer.