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France and Spain

Date produced: 1954

Filmmaker(s):

A. I. Willinsky

Description:

"Item is a film of a trip to Spain taken by Dr. Willinsky, his wife, Sadie, and some of their friends. Despite its title, the film does not contain footage of France. In the form of a travelogue, footage of landmarks, the local population, and the Willinsky's activities are accompanied by music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary. Footage includes shots of the Square of Spain, Sadie walking along the streets of a shopping district, churches and monasteries, a boat cruise from Palma to Figuera, a spring festival procession and dancing in Majorca. Most of the scenes were taken in Palma and Majorca." Ontario Jewish Archives.


Good Neighbour No. 1

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Robert H. B. Ker

Description:

"U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visit Victoria on 30 September 1937" British Columbia Archives.


Harbor

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

James A. Sherlock

Description:

"From Australia James A. Sherlock sent 'Harbor,' a picture in Kodachrome. While the picture was well made, finely edited and cut, it suffered from uneven coloring and density. Undoubtedly much was taken with the earlier Kodachrome which darkened rapidly after it was exposed if it was not rushed to the processing plant." American Cinematographer, Feb. 1937, 73.


Harvests of the Forest

Date produced: 1935

Filmmaker(s):

H. A. Burnford

Description:

"Burnford's picture was not only good from the documentary angle, but was very well photographed. It showed the lumbering industry in England starting with the felling of trees and then through the mills and then to the things built of wood, showing the most dramatic incidents." American Cinematographer, Feb. 1937, 73.


Hob-nobbing with Homer – Hermes en Grece

Date produced: 1956

Filmmaker(s):

A. I. Willinsky

Description:

"Item is an audio-visual production of Dr. Willinsky's Hellenic cruise near Greece with his wife, Sadie. Production contains footage of the ancient ruins and other landmarks they visited, including sites in Mycenae, Pergamum, Athens, Troy and Gallipoli. In the form of a travelogue, music and Dr. Willinsky's commentary accompanies images for about the first 30 minutes. The remainder of the production is mute." Ontario Jewish Archives.


In From the Sea

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

Fenno Jacobs

Description:

"In From the Sea, produced by Fenno Jacobs for Todd Shipyards Corporation, establishes a precedent this year, for it is the first 16mm sound film, directly recorded in this medium, to be offered for Ten Best consideration in the Special Class. But the fact that this film carries its own directly recorded sound is only one of its many unusual qualities. It tells an interesting and dramatic story of the manifold activities that make up a working day in a great shipyard, where the monster ships are hauled from their native element without ceremony and attacked by a swarm of workers who specialize in every known form of ship repair. By handling this material with great technical facility and by fine editing tempo, excellent choice of camera viewpoint and a flair for cinematic effectiveness, Mr. Jacobs has succeeded in creating an industrial picture which has a high general interest. Among the many noteworthy sections of this film is the sequence which shows the workers' lunch hour. It is outstanding for its fine cutting and for the dramatic pause which creates a respite from the Titanic activities of the working hours. Interesting also is the sound accompaniment which is an integral part of the film and which, in addition to a spoken commentary and spot recording of shipyard sounds, includes well chosen excerpts from Stravinsky's suite, The Fire-Bird, to establish a modern mood." Movie Makers, Dec. 1937, 627.


Itxas-Ontzigintza Lekeition [Construction of a ship in Lekeitio]

Date produced: 1988

Filmmaker(s):

Benito Ansola Erkiaga

Description:

Construcción artesanal de barcos en los astilleros de Lekeitio.

Handcrafted construction of ships in the shipyards of Lekeitio.


Landfalls of the Caribbean and Primitive Surinam

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Floyd Henry Wells

Description:

Edited film "chronicling travel through the Caribbean including scenic landscapes, cities and villages, dance, local markets and fishing. Wells travelled on the M/s Stella Maris II. Locations filmed include Puerto Rico, Saba St. Kits, Gaudelupe, St. Lucia, Barbados, Paramaribo, Tobago, Trinidad, Grenada, St. Vincent, Dominica, Martinique, Fortress of San Felikpe Del Morrow (San Juan), For Christianvaern, Fort Fleur depee XVIII siecle, and Sam Lord's Castle," Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum.


Le Mort [The Dead]

Date produced: 1970

Filmmaker(s):

Christopher T. Leggo

Description:

"Le Mort by Christopher T. Leggo of Oakland, California. Chris has taken the title, which means "The Dead" in French, and with black-and-white film made a very impressionistic, revealing film about a ship and her past glories. This 10-minute 16mm film won for him a Ten Best medal and the Golden Scissors Award for best editing" PSA Journal, Nov. 1970, 39.


Log of the Timber Rush

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Frances Christeson

Description:

"Frances Christeson, experienced cinematographer and artist of cine devices, gives us in Log of the Timber Rush the movie diary of a holiday voyage. That the freighter, in which she had booked passage, stripped its gears and was stalled somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, well off the coast of Mexico, upset her film plan but did not stop her. It became part of an amazing personal and movie making experience. But before the misfortune at sea and the long delay of weeks, waiting for help and repairs. Miss Christeson had filmed the loading of the Timber Rush with affectionate attention to detail and the use of fascinating cine symbols. She also had captured sequences of gorgeous quality, framed through ship's gear and depicting the beautiful, lazy clouds of the tropics and the life aboard the vessel. When the gears were stripped and the long period of inaction came, the camerawoman had, as she puts it, "the job of filming nothing happening." She does that as well as possible, and the result is a delightful sea picture marred only by the doldrums of fate." Movie Makers, Dec. 1938, 619.


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