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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
[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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Brief view of pavilions at the 1937 Paris Exposition...
Ironically, the theme for the Paris Exposition was "The Spirit of Peace", just as World War II was looming across many European countries, including France and the city of light.
This is a rather by-the-numbers dry view of various pavilions, all of which are glanced from outside only with no indication of what the buildings held inside. The usual commentary is spoken by James FitzPatrick in a dull monotone.
At least we're told that the flags of 44 nations are displayed along the banks of the Seine where the Eiffel Tower is part of the exhibition; countries included Great Britain and its Empire, Sweden (simplicity), Czechoslovakia (impressive architecture), U.S. (American Indian displays), France (replica of Statue of Liberty and French colonies, a pavilion of French-IndoChina and colonies of French West Africa), a shot of a water skier on the Seine, and a Russian statue of heroic figures situated atop a monument 100 ft. high.
At the Spanish pavilion we see dancers from Segovia; and toward the closing we see The Fountain of Peace, an aquatic display of the kind France is noted for. The final shot are the illuminated fountains at night in brilliant color (thanks to electricity) and the short documentary ends with a pyrotechnical display of fireworks, the very same kind that would light up New York's World Fair a few years later.
Interesting but none of the pavilions looked that impressive to me. Might have been more interesting to show some of the interior displays, but I suppose time would not allow that.
Sad to realize that the theme of peace was an ironic one, considering all that was soon to follow.
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