"dis. an. didattici"/animated educational doc
"The newsreel begins with the departure of the ocean liner -'Britannic'- on its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York; 28th June 1930. Further scenes include an item on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Centenary Exhibition held in 1930 at Wavertree Park - visitors are seen wandering around the various exhibits, which comprise of both old and new locomotives." (NWFA Online Database)(br>
"The grand rail exhibition at Liverpool's Wavertree Park on 20th September 1930 marked the centenary of the Liverpool and Manchester railway. In this fascinating glimpse of a significant event in railway history, enthusiasts admire the gleaming locomotives, which include North Star and a replica of the Rocket as well as more contemporary models from the LMS, LNER, GWR and Southern rail companies." (BFI Player)
"doc. a fantasia"/avant-garde documentary
"Film documenting a gathering of guides from all over Canada meeting at [Lake William], N.S. Shown are the many events and competitions in which the guides partake including canoe portage, fly casting, canoe tilting, log burling and canoe racing." Nova Scotia Archives.
"This is a superb film about the Strategic Air Command and shows us how the SAC is constantly ready to strike and destroy an aggressor anywhere in the world. The purpose of the film, to quote directly from the sound track: "Is to show you the power of the hand (that controls the nuclear bomb release in modern jet bomber) and how it protects those who desire peace and freedom." Specifically, this is the story of the six men who man a B-52 all-jet bomber nicknamed "Ready 11", and how it would carry out an order to strike and obliterate an enemy target anywhere in the world. The B-52 can launch supersonic missiles that are accurate and deadly, and the launching scenes and those showing the missile following its course until it hits its target are as outstanding as any in the film. Most of the photography was taken around Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif. Dr. Franklin states he spent four years making the film, and it required two years of letter writing to get permission to ride in military plans as civilian to get the footage he wanted. He had to pass a physical examination, become familiar with oxygen equipment, and learn ejection procedures. Classified material presented a problem, also, and it required an additional year and a half to obtain Air Force approval of the footage used in the final film" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 50.
"A short travelogue film of Havana, Cuba shot for the Metro Movie Club, a Chicago amateur film club." Chicago Film Archives.
"Herbie is an abstract pattern mostly of automobile headlights enough out of focus to cause the viewer to wonder what they are. The judges felt the maker of this film should be commended for synchronizing his sound track to the abstract movements, of the patterns made by the lights" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 37.
"Amateur production. A man, Dent Harrison, falls asleep and dreams that the R-100 sails for North America from its base in England. Various long shots of the airship under way. After the mooring procedure is completed, S/L R.S. Booth, S/L E.L. Johnson, Capt. G.F. Meager and other members of the crew meet with the welcoming party led by Minister of National Defence, J.L. Ralston. G/C Stedman, G.J. Desbarats, Maj. Gen. McNaughton and officers of the U.S. Navy are also in attendance. Several civilians are also in the party. Harrison's "clone" visits with his "brother". Cut back to the airship and shots of repairs to damage sustained in a thunder storm over Trois-Rivières. Visitors climb into the airship in a high wind. The R-100 is shown leaving on its Canadian flight. View of the shadow of the ship on the ground and several shots from various distances, notably from Windrift, the summer home of the Harrisons at Lakeside, Québec. Aerials of Niagara Falls, Welland Canal, Toronto, a lake steamer, Kingston, Queen's University, Kingston Penitentiary, the Thousand Islands, with cuts inside the airship's gondola, with crew men silhouetted against bright windows. More aerial shots of Cornwall, the shadow of the R-100 on Montreal, Côte-St-Luc and Verdun. Various ground to air long shots and closer views of the R-100 in flight, of the airship moored to its mast at St-Hubert air base. Sequences on Dent Harrison talking to his "clone" as he edits his footage, projects it into the lens of the camera. The two have lunch and the clone departs. Shots of the R-100 leaving as seen fromn directly underneath. Cut back to Harrison waking up from his dream." (LAC description)
"'Jeep Trails Through Utah' was produced by Stan Midgley with the use of a jeep rather than his faithful bicycle. He had to leave his bicycle at home, as the deep sands of Utah can only be traveled in a jeep. In his mechanical horse he criss-crossed one of the emptiest blanks on the American map. He leaves the traveled highways and goes back into the little known areas to find fantastically beautiful and unusual natural formations. He travels over sand-blown desert trails, up rocky mountain paths and through treacherous mountain gorges to produce a gem-like picture of Utah." La Canada Valley Sun, Sept. 9, 1971.
Total Pages: 7