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Mount Zao

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Khoji Tsukamoto

Description:

"A down mountain ski run, etched against a filtered sky and set in a world of fantastic snow shapes and incredible beauty, is the theme of Mount Zao, which was filmed on the Japanese mountain of that name. Khoji Tsukamoto has mastered the technique of back lighting the dramatic turns, stems and jumps of a down mountain run so that they are framed against luminous clouds of powdered snow. The ski runners are always preceded by an ubiquitous cameraman who has invariably chosen the most effective angle for each scene of his closely knit sequences. The result is as smooth a picture of skiing as the screen has seen. In sequencing, editing and the nuances of tempo, this film is near the top. And particularly praiseworthy is the way in which the cameraman has involved backgrounds of astonishing natural beauty with foregrounds of interest compelling action." Movie Makers, Dec. 1937, 603, 626.


On the Road to Mandalay

Date produced: 1964

Filmmaker(s):

C. Earle Memory

Description:

"On the Road to Mandalay takes us via word and picture to this far away spot where we see elephants performing heavy tasks, street scenes, a street parade, merchants hawking their wares, fabulous temples, artisans at work and native dancers. The photography is consistently good, and Memory has used close-ups liberally" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 50.


Orient Adventure: Hong Kong

Date produced: 1961

Filmmaker(s):

H. Lee Hansen

Description:

"Hansen travels to Hong Kong following his original visit to China in 1937. Initially, he spends much of his time roaming the commercial districts, giving a sense of tourism side of Hong Kong. Immediately following, he spends several minutes focusing on the skyline and captures footage of locations on the outskirts of the city. Hansen then spends the rest of the evening eating at a local cuisine and attending a show. For the remainder of his trip, Hansen shifts his attention from Hong Kong's tourist areas to the residential districts, fishing docks, and rural farming." UC San Diego Library.


Orient–Old and New–Japan

Date produced: 1964

Filmmaker(s):

Charles J. Ross

Description:

"Orient–Old and New–Japan is an excellent travelog of this oriental island in the well known superb Ross style. Narrated by his wide, we are taken to many of the well known spots on the island, and shown some of the more unusual places of interest. The commentary is full of factual information which gives the film an exceptionally good pacing" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 50.


Origami

Date produced: 1963

Filmmaker(s):

Rose Dabbs

Stuart Dabbs

Description:

"Many forms of art originated in old Japan. Here is a demonstration of a unique and improbably one that began as entertainment for children. Origami, the art of paper folding, is charmingly portrayed and described in this very imaginative film. One of the Ten Best, it will be enjoyed in the 1963 Top of the Ten pack" PSA Journal, Oct. 1963, 40.


Rangoon Prays and Plays

Date produced: 1958

Filmmaker(s):

Oscar H. Horovitz

Description:

"Oscar Horovitz has come through with another of his fine travelogs, this time from Burma. In Rangoon is the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, sometimes called The Golden Pagoda. It is one of the largest and most magnificent pagodas on earth and has a special sanctity to one-fifth of mankind. Another exquisite golden structure is the Sule Pagoda, the world peace pagoda. Rangoon displays the influence of the west, having fought three wars with Britain, and became a colony in 1885. Its independence was regained following World War II. Rangoon also enjoys its periods of play and the Water Festival is one of those occasions when everyone accepts a wetting in the spirit and fun of the occasion" PSA Journal, Nov. 1958, 48.


Rice

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Fred C. Ells

Ruth Ells

Description:

"Documentary: On peasant farm life in Korea, the rice crop and family labor." National Archives.

"'Rice,' a three reel subject in the educational class entered by F. C. Ells of Yokohama, Japan, demonstrated a fine appreciation of production and photographic values as well as how to combine it so as to make entertainment. Many were of the opinion that this picture, if it were in 35mm, would be worthy of professional theatre presentation." American Cinematographer, Dec. 1933, 321.


Rice and Farmer

Date produced: 1967

Filmmaker(s):

Masakazu Ueda

Description:

"Rice and Farmer depicts the life and toil of the Japanese who raise rice for a living. Ueda, who made the film, has a keen eye for composition. Few filmers today pause long enough to look for a pleasing view through the lens before pressing the trigger, but this is one of Ueda's strong points, and his film is a joy to see for this one aspect alone" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 37.


Rice Harvest in Japan

Date produced: 1971

Filmmaker(s):

Veda Linford

James B. Linford

Description:

"Rice Harvest in Japan by James and Veda Linford, PSA members of Oakland, Calif. The Linfords have presented another pirze film to go along with their former winners. This 8-minute 16mm film was awarded a Ten Best Medal" PSA Journal, Nov. 1971, 41


Siam

Date produced: 1964

Filmmaker(s):

Lindsay McLeod

Description:

"Siam is a better than average travelog about this oriental country. The narrator is careful to point out the odd and the unusual, while the camera depicts every day events in a subjective manner as well as catching some unusual scenes usually missed by the casual tourist" PSA Journal, Sept. 1964, 51.


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