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Paris on Parade (1938)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 9 July 1938 (USA)
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 »

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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 Huggo

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[a panoramic view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower unfolds]
Narrator: 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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2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Paris on Parade (1938)

*** (out of 4)

One of the better entries in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series visits Paris during the 1937 Paris International Exposition. According to this short there were forty-four different nations displaying various forms of their country here and being able to see just a few are a real treat. I'd be lying if I said I had previously heard about this event but that's what makes some of these shorts so much fun. The entire short didn't really show off the city, like so many in the series, but instead just looked at this event, which had some great displays including works from Africa, Sudan, France and many others. Just seeing how different these places were, side by side, is what makes this short such a winner.


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