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Still from Pointless Foray in Movie Makers, Dec. 1943, 457.

Date produced: 1943

Filmmaker(s):

George Mesaros

Languages:

English

Length:

400 ft

Format:

16mm

Colour:

Kodachrome

Sound Notes:

Silent

Sound:

With music on disc.

Awards/Recognition:

ACL Ten Best 1943 - Honorable Mention General Class

Description:

"George Mesaros, who has demonstrated his competence as a maker of good movies in other fields, turns to humor in this film comment on wartime conditions. The point of the story — for it is the foray and not the tale that is pointless — turns on providing for a picnic in the yard of the home. While the master of the house is shopping with ration points, the skeptical family gets, from the Victory garden, cooks and eats the alfresco feast, at the end of which Father — who really did find something in the shops — returns with loaded arms. First class Kodachrome pictures and a well knit continuity are used by Mr. Mesaros to bring to American audiences something of the spirit of easy and natural outdoor fun with food that for so long characterized the Europe of happy memory. Some of the scenes of cooking are so realistic that one almost reaches for what is shown on the screen." Movie Makers, Dec. 1943, 478.

Resources:

Discussed by Mesaros in "A Picnic at Home: A Film Tale of Rations and Gardens" (Movie Makers, 1944, 266, 281). The articles describes scenes of gardening and the preparation of food seen in the film.

The film won second award in a Metropolitan Motion Picture Club members' film contest in 1945 (Movie Makers, Jan. 1946, 24).

Locations:

  • Long Beach, New York (Filming)

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Screenings:

  • Screened by the Hartford Cinema Club in 1944, Hartford, CT
  • Screened by the Metropolitan Motion Picture Club in 1944 and 1946, New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Bell Laboratories Motion Picture Club in 1944, New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened at the Long Beach City Hall in 1944, Long Beach, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Brooklyn Amateur Cine Club in 1944, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Screened by the New York City 8mm. Motion Picture Club in 1944, New York City, N.Y.

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