"Film features trees and leaves, ducks, water, a statue, 2 women wearing coats, a bridge and some house-like structures. The garden was filmed in the spring/summer and fall" Archives of Ontario.
"Adventure on the Colorado, by Al Morton, comprises 1,600 feet of film and (at twenty four frames a second) forty eight minutes of screen time. In it, six men in two boats travel down the Colorado River from Moab, in southeastern Utah, to Lee's Ferry, in northern Arizona. Taking fifteen days, the trip covered some 300 miles, forty of which were through cataracts already claiming twenty nine lives. These are the bare and simple facts of the case. But these facts cannot begin to tell the story of Mr. Mortons epic adventure. And mind you, we are not concerned here with the breath taking dangers of the trip itself — although these alone were awesome and challenging. We are concerned only with Mr. Morton's filming adventures and the bright, indomitable story of them as recorded so stirringly in his film. That story is one of inflexible resolve against all compromise, even in the face of well nigh impossible circumstance. At one point in the picture, Mr. Morton shows us a rugged and precipitous approach to the river known as "Hole in the Rock." It was through this narrow passage that, years ago, a little band of Mormons, sent to colonize the San Juan country, brought their wagons and their belongings. In laces where the chasm had narrowed so sharply as to block the cavalcade, they dismantled the wagons and packed them through on their backs. For they had set out to cross the river — and cross it they did. Mr. Morton's filming resolve must have been of that same high order — almost religious in its intensity. As the down-river journey grew ever more arduous, you waited with sympathetic understanding for those not quite perfect scenes which the incredible conditions must surely dictate. You were ready to make allowances, to accept the imperfect as relative perfection --under the circumstances. Not so with Mr. Morion. There was no compromise with quality in the Morton picture plan. He set out to film the river, and film it he did. Adventure on, the Colorado is a moving and splendid epic, recording both a gallant adventure and a glowing achievement." Movie Makers, Dec. 1947, 513.
Un recorrido por el Monasterio de Piedra y por las cascadas cercanas retratado mediante un juego de música y agua que cae por las cascadas.
A tour by the Stone Monastery and the nearby waterfalls through a game between music and water falling from the waterfalls.
"A process film with interititles about the spring capture of alewives, an andromadous fish." oldfilm.org
"A soggetto"/ Fiction
"Alta tensione, regla e trama di Arrigo Colombo, scenario di Arnaldo Baldaccini, fotografia di Bruno Salvadori, interpreti Arnaldo Baldaccini e Aldo Frosi. La pellicola si svolge in una centrale elettrica, ma pur presentando a sfondo della vicenda il funzionamento della centrale stessa, mostra il lavoro nelle sue fasi piu salienti in rapporto e in contrasto con un dramma umano, sottolineando i pericoli e i sacrifici ehe richiede la produzione della Corrente elettrica. In molte sequenze si deve notare lo sforzo dei realizzatori per raggiungere il fine, in qualche caso particolarmente arduo, come nelle scene notturne del salvataggio sulle dighe. Delicate le scene del risveglio del protagonista, con la rappresentazione della serenita della natura al mattino, e assai adeguata nel complesso la interpretazione." - Il Ventuno 26 (Review of the G.U.F. of Venice) March 1935.
"High Tension, direction and plot by Arrigo Colombo, scenery by Arnaldo Baldaccini, photography by Bruno Salvadori, actors Arnaldo Baldaccini and Aldo Frosi. The film takes place in a power plant, but while presenting the story of the plant’s operation as the background, it shows the work in its most salient phases in relation to and in contrast with a human drama, underscoring the dangers and sacrifices that the production of electricity requires. In many sequences, one must note the effort of the filmmakers to achieve these ends, in some cases particularly arduous, as in the night scenes of the rescue on the dams. The scenes of the protagonist’s awakening are delicate with the representation nature’s serenity in the morning, and the acting is very fitting." - Il Ventuno 26 (Review of the G.U.F. of Venice) March 1935.
"Filmmaking brothers Sidney and Harold Preston present a beautifully shot record of time and place, taking us to the great Lancashire seaside resort in the interwar years. Whether enjoying the bird's eye view from the top of the tower, trying out the Pleasure Beach rides, or just befriending the donkeys on the beach, the three generations of the Preston family are clearly having a grand day out." (BFI Player)
"Andros Blue Holes had to be in color to show us that the Blue Holes are really blue. J. Benjamin of Toronto takes us on 18 minutes of the most fascinating underwater filming ever attempted. The beauty and mystery of the Blue Holes far outweigh the dangers involved in exploring them. Very entertaining and very educational" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 57.
"Aqua Viva, as its name suggests, is a study of water in motion. To state it thus baldly, however, cannot reveal the true cinematic beauty of Allan Hammer's swirling patterns of light and shadow, executed with consistent success under the most difficult exposure conditions. Yet more important than Mr. Hammer's technical competence is his imaginative perception of small moments of great loveliness. Such scenes, however, because of their very delicacy, tend always to lose their effectiveness in large doses. Aqua Viva as a production leans toward excess length." Movie Makers, Dec. 1950, 466.
"It takes a true craftsman to catch all the intimate and informal scenes that make a first rate vacation film, particularly when his exposure problems are complicated by the sunlight and shadows of a thickly wooded lake shore. But George Mesaros has succeeded in producing the sort of vacation record that most filmers only dream about. Mr. Mesaros has mastered his technical problems with an expert's hand and has turned out a stunning, vital movie of a summer outing in the Saranac Lake region. Faced with non-cooperative fellow campers, he had to be prepared to set up his tripod at a moment's notice; but the candid air of the proceedings on the screen is ample recompense for his vigilance. Bluff Island Idyll is a vivid testament to the importance of human interest and to the appeal of simple, everyday activities when they are properly sequenced and edited." Movie Makers, Dec. 1947, 513.
"The very great faculty of Robert P. Kehoe for seeing natural beauty and giving it an individual and entirely original expression in film enables him, in Brookside, to reach a new height in cinematography, because he has added to that faculty an attention to the business of continuity. Like Tennyson's Brook, Mr. Kehoe"s film starts to go somewhere, keeps going and gets there, while we who watch the going see, by the brookside, some of the loveliest — but tripodless — footage of water, flowers and woodland that any landscapist could want to come by. The final sequence of Mr. Kehoe's picture has a tragic tenderness that is almost too poignant, since he has filmed the funeral progress down the darting brook of a lustrous butterfly that ventured too close to the water and was sucked into it. With wings outspread, the little body goes past us into '"yesterday's ten thousand years" as the film ends." Movie Makers, Dec. 1941, 565.
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