Part 2: "Working for Change": The evolution of the documentary genre through social documentary films from 1929 through 1941. Part 3: "The Strategy of Truth": Film clips explore the use of documentary (propaganda) film during World War II.
This documentary short film looks at the devastating and costly problems, including seasonal flooding and erosion of precious topsoil, associated with the Mississippi River system and promotes more Federal projects to remedy the situation.
A young American man in Paris spots a beautiful woman in a crowd and is instantly smitten, but soon loses sight of her. Later, as he and several friends are sitting at a table at an outdoor... See full summary »
Paul Robeson narrates a mix of dramatizations and archival footage about the bill of rights being under attack during the 1930s by union busting corporations, their spies and contractors. ... See full summary »
This Traveltalks short film visits the North Holland province in Netherlands and looks at its culture and customs with a focus on its well-known industry of cultivating tulips and other bulbous plants.
This Oscar-winning short documentary follows the exploits of Donald Campbell on Lake Mead, Nevada in his boat Bluebird as he attempts to be the first to successfully set a water speed record in excess of 200 mph.
This Pete Smith Specialty tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine. The difficulty of obtaining the element is also demonstrated. Several tons of ore yield only minute amounts of the element. At the time of filming, the entire world's supply of radium was 1-3/4 pounds. Written by
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And so, out of the darkness of the past comes a white light of hope for today. Radium, the most precious substance in the world! Centuries from now it will still shine upon some future civilization, saving through the ages countless thousands of human lives.
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Oscar-nominated Pete Smith short takes a look at radium and how it become so important. Dr. Henri Antoine Becquerel (Andre Cheron) discovers that while radium has the power to kill many it also, if used right, has the power to heal. This is a shockenly sober Smith short, which normally isn't the case with his films. Often times he tells sly jokes or wisecracks but that's not the case here as he takes the subject matter very straight. There were other short series out there doing real-life dramas and I can't help but think one of those would have handled the story better. That's not to say this is a bad film because it isn't but it's not good either. Tourneur's direction really doesn't get to add much since a lot of the action is cut up to tell different parts of the story. The best sequence, where the director does get to work some magic, is when an African tribesman is buried after being injured by a tiger. I won't spoil what happens but it's a very nice sequence.
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