The Paris Exposition is seen as one of the most important events to take place in 1937 if only because it brought together forty-four nations side-by-side in goodwill. The Expo took place ... See full summary »
In this wartime MGM short, the Devil makes mischief with the U.S. economy. It's 5 months since the U.S. entered World War II and Adolf Hitler telephones the Devil for his help. No problem, ... See full summary »
The Paris Exposition is seen as one of the most important events to take place in 1937 if only because it brought together forty-four nations side-by-side in goodwill. The Expo took place along the banks of the Seine, using many existing landmarks. Each national pavilion was provided and designed by the country in question, symbolizing some important aspect of that country. Pavilions of French colonies were also well represented. Lighter fare at the Expo included demonstrations of water skiing on the Seine, performances of cultural dances native to specific countries, and the on-going spectacle of the Fountain of Peace located at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Written by
[a panoramic view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower unfolds]
The Paris Exposition was undoubtedly one of the most important events that happened in the year of nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, if for no other reason than the fact that it brought together, for the first time in the history of world expositions, the official flags of 44 nations, which wave side by side in a spirit of international goodwill. With unbiased minds, therefore, let us review this modern spectacle,...
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This is one of MGM's "Traveltalks" with James A. FitzPatrick - just a couple of years before Nazis were trying to make themselves feel at home there. This is a brief look at the Paris Exhibition of 1937, which included pavilions of other European nations that would be invaded by the Nazis even sooner than France.
According to Mr. FitzPatrick there were 44 nations with their exhibits on the banks of the Seine, showing the "faith in the ideals of man's humanity to man" on the eve of the world witnessing man's inhumanity to man - some of which was already taking place (Japan's invasion of parts of China, Germany already having concentration camps, annexing Austria, Italy invading Ethiopia, etc.).
It is very difficult for a modern viewer to watch things like the "modern" architecture of the Czechoslovakian pavilion with the knowledge that a lot of the architecture of that former nation will most likely be destroyed over the next 6 or 7 years.
There were also interesting exhibits from former French colonies: Indochina and French West Africa, which included Senegal, Dahomey (now Benin), the Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), Mauritania, French Sudan, and other colonies. There was also the Soviet Union's exhibit which included a Stalinist statue of a man and woman worker that was, according to Mr. FitzPatrick, about 100 feet tall.
The illuminated fountains were quite beautiful as were the fireworks displays.
This appears occasionally on TCM - it's definitely worth checking out.
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