Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »
A man wearing suit, tie, black-framed glasses, and a hat, leaves his house in LA's San Fernando Valley and heads off in his car. Except his car is him, seated on the ground - he moves via ... See full summary »
The story of Donald Campbell, son of the late Sir Malcolm Campbell, British champion auto-racer, and his efforts to survive driving a jet-powered boat at record speeds on Lake Meade, Nevada... See full summary »
This Warner Bros. short reviews in an often humorous way the impact of the automobile on the United States. By 1900, the horseless carriage was beginning to have an impact. Early adopters ... See full summary »
This Pete Smith Specialty demonstrates the uses of micro- and macrophotography. We see extreme closeups of the mechanical workings of a tiny wristwatch, the surface of a cat's tongue, and several insects.
We watch the life of a Coast Guard dog, from the dog's point of view, from induction to graduation and then into a jungle to hunt for an enemy sniper. To pass muster, dogs must be of a ... See full summary »
As the 100 members of the MGM Symphony Orchestra take their seats, an off-screen narrator introduces the music and provides the credits to the cinematographer, editor, and sound supervisor. The music is Otto Nicolai's "Overature to the Merry Wives of Windsor," conducted by Johnny Green in the MGM Concert Hall. Green and the other men are in white tie and tails, the four women are in black. Most of the film consists of long takes, slow pans, some camera movement including crane shots, as well as zooming slowly out and in. Green conducts, the orchestra plays, and the film ends. Written by
Nothing but music in this film, but it's not about the music at all
A most bizarre short. It's nothing more than a filmed performance of the attractive but very lightweight overture to the opera "Merry Wives of Windsor" by the romantic German composer, Otto Nicolai. The performance is OK, nothing special. But what makes this bizarre is that the short has no credits, NONE, nada, zilch -- neither orchestra nor conductor are ever identified, and the music itself is named only at the end as a kind of afterthought.
From the POV of MGM apparently the only thing that mattered about this short was that it is in CINEMASCOPE, and that in fact is the only information about the film that is provided. Clearly the audience is supposed to pay more attention to the shape and size of the screen than to anything that is taking place on the screen. Half a century later, when the technology of cinemascope is, while still impressive, pretty old hat, the audience is likely to watch this short and wonder what the hell is going on.
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