The movie clip below is exactly that--a movie. However, the producer and director were given permission to film an actual Mass for this part of the movie. The actor and actress, I am sure, filmed their part separately from the Mass and then it was edited into the Mass. It is well done for a movie's depiction of the normal Solemn High Mass of this period.
This clip of how the Solemn High Mass would have been celebrated as the normal form of the Mass in the 1940's captures what the clergy and laity's attitude and demeanor would have been during Mass. I can testify to that as an eyewitness. When I was a child in the late 1950's and early 1960's, I was fascinated by people's demeanor during Mass. Keep in mind back then parents did not bring their children to the altar railing when they received Holy Communion. We had to stay back in the pews. We thought we were grown-up if our parents left us alone while they went forward! So as they went, I was like a hawk watching them go and not losing sight of them. But I also watched everyone else as they went and returned to their pews.
What always fascinated me was the fact that people began to line up at the altar railing and in the aisle as the priest was receiving his Holy Communion or while the second Confiteor was being prayed prior to Holy Communion of the laity. As soon as the priest turned around to announce the "Ecce Agnus Dei" everyone in the aisle would fall to the hard floor kneeling on it and I mean everyone, even those for whom doing so was painful--it was a penance in their minds!
The other thing that sticks in my mind is how people looked when they returned from receiving Holy Communion. They would kneel and bury their faces in their hands for a long period of time. I would ask my dad why they were so sad looking and he would remind me that they're not sad but praying in thanksgiving for so great a Gift. Of course I took things literally back then and wondered what the "Gift" was since I didn't see any wrapping paper or bows strewn along the floor!
But any any rate, the first two minutes of this video does indeed capture the spirituality and devotion of the EF Mass. Did the reforms of Vatican II really intend to purge the Mass of this ethos, devotion and spirituality? Somehow I don't think the Council Fathers had in mind the more haughty and secular approach that so many people have today in our Churches and at Mass. We've lost something and Pope Benedict knows it. That's why he is allowing the EF Mass to be celebrated with very few restrictions. Viva il Papa!