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Making of Canadian Homespun, The

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

Duncan MacD. Little

Description:

"The Making of Canadian Homespun, by Duncan Mac D. Little, ACL, is a distinctly novel cinematographic achievement because it is an al fresco industrial film depicting a process of manufacture that normally is largely performed indoors. In addition, it is a uniquely valuable contribution to folk way records, listing, as it does, in a lovingly made film inventory, the steps involved in the production of homespun cloth by a geographically sequestered population which maintains one of the last stands of homely folk craft on the North American continent. Mr. Little's picture was made in summer in a region lacking facilities for indoor lighting. It compresses seasonal activities into the space of a few days, showing sheep shearing, preparation of the wool and its spinning and weaving. For this purpose, a spinning wheel and loom were set up in the open by the country people of the locality, who cooperated happily with Mr. Little. Not only is this ancient process preserved in an exceptional film record but, at the same time, there are offered many character studies of exceedingly individual French Canadians." Movie Makers, Dec. 1935, 551, 553.


Mexico At Work And At Play

Date produced: 1948

Filmmaker(s):

Ralph E. Gray

Description:

"Having forsaken the good land of tequila for the gypsy life of a trailerite, Ralph E. Gray presents what may be the last in a long line of distinguished human record films on America's southern neighbor. Mexico At Work And At Play displays recurrently in its many and varied sequences the opulent camera work and warm eye for color which have marked all of Mr. Gray's award winners. Mirrored in the present movie are such native occupations as sugar cane farming and mescal distilling, such handicrafts as glass blowing and opal polishing, such diversions as cock fighting and an Easter Passion Play. Mr. Gray's treatment of these and other colorful subjects is leisurely, loving and methodical." Movie Makers, Dec. 1948, 494.


Navajo Rug Weaving

Date produced: 1941

Filmmaker(s):

E. Tad Nichols

Description:

"E. Tad Nichols, III, born in the West, has been in the saddle almost since he first toddled. Much of his time has been spent among the Western Indians, and he has an intimate knowledge of their ways. So skillfully has he planned and edited each sequence of Navajo Rug Weaving that the audience has the rare satisfaction which comes from seeing just the right amount of each step of this ancient art that has held one method and course for many centuries. The direction and filming are of such excellence that the viewer almost seems to be present for the carding, spinning, dyeing and actual weaving of the rugs. Here is the human record film at its best." Movie Makers, Dec. 1945, 495.


Nazım Hikmet Anması-Stockholm [Commemoration of Nazım Hikmet-Stockholm]

Date produced: 1979

Filmmaker(s):

Muammer Özer

Description:

“Sinematek.TV film arkeolojisine devam ediyor! 1979 yılında Stockholm’da düzenlenen Nazım Hikmet’i Anma Gecesi’ndeki Ruhi Su, Zülfü Livaneli, Tuncel Kurtiz’in performansları Muammer Özer tarafından kaydedilmiş ve İlk defa Sinematek.tv tarafından yayınlanıyor.” Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/nazim-hikmet-anmasi-stockholm-1979/ (15 November 2019).

“Sinematek TV continues its film archeology! Muammer Özer’s film of a commemoration night for Nazım Hikmet displays Ruhi Su, Zülfü Livnaeli, and Tuncel Kurtiz and Sinematek.tv screens it for the first time.” Sinematek.tv: http://sinematek.tv/nazim-hikmet-anmasi-stockholm-1979/ (15 November 2019).


Permanent Color

Date produced: 1944

Filmmaker(s):

Helen H. Loeffler

Description:

"Helen H. Loeffler has the distinction of being the only woman among those whose films placed in this year's Ten Best selection. Permanent Color is a workmanlike film record of applying vitreous enamel to metal in the production of decorative objects. The movie is replete with well lighted closeups of each operation, from making the vessels of copper to the final polishing after the enamel has been baked. Explanatory titles of the various steps are well handled, and scenes of the finished products provide a colorful ending." Movie Makers, Dec. 1944, 496.


Portrait in Bronze

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

D. Jack White

Description:

"Portrait in Bronze is an excellent documentary of the making of a bronze bust from the first sitting and the sculpturing in clay right on through to the finished product. The original was shot on Ektachrome commercial and the projection print is excellent in every particular - a large factor in the film's success. It received the MPD Golden Scissors Award for best editing of any film in the contest" PSA Journal, Sept. 1965, 50.


Story of a Georgian Coffee Pot, The

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Douglas Flintoff

Ed Foulds

Description:

"Depicts in detail the making of a silver coffee pot by silversmith George Bennett of W.A. Carmichael's shop in Victoria. Won honourable mention in the amateur category at the 1952 Canadian Film Awards" (Duffy, 182).


Symphony of the Village

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

Bert Seckendorf

Description:

"Symphony Of The Village: Bert Seckendorf and his Cine Special camera have caught the colorful activities of Greenwich Village in one of the best color documentaries on this subject made to date. This famed New York spot, with its renowned artists, artisans and craftsmen, is revealed in all its gay, Bohemian color as the camera chronicles the activities of sidewalk artists, potters, ceramists, wood carvers and makers of novelty jewelry. The excellent titling knits together all the scenes and sequences into another top-notch picture for which this filmer has become famous in amateur circles." American Cinematographer, May. 1951, 190-2.


Toll of Time, The

Date produced: 1948

Filmmaker(s):

Walter Mitton

Description:

"Brickett Bridge, Andover Maine was built in 1871 of native spruce lumber. It served its purpose well until 1948 when it was replaced with steel and concrete." oldfilm.org


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