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Spotlight on the World We Live In (1951)

This short features the following items (my outline in parentheses) -- 1) Samaritans of the Alps: (in the Hospice of St. Bernard live 30 monks who use dogs to assist in the finding & rescue... See full summary »





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This short features the following items (my outline in parentheses) -- 1) Samaritans of the Alps: (in the Hospice of St. Bernard live 30 monks who use dogs to assist in the finding & rescue of travellers lost in the snow) 2) Sports Page: i/ big fish (fishing for tuna in Brittany, France); ii/ dead end dirt track (how the children in the east end of London, in the New Cross area, cleaned up and converted a bomb site into a dirt track for bicycle races); iii/ the Gold Coast goes racing (horse racing in Accra) 3) The March of Science: the flying petrol pump (how a passenger plane bound for Barbados gets refueled mid-flight over the Azores) 4) Mainly For Women: i/ bouillabaisse (what the fishermen of Mediterranean France eat after a hard day's fishing); ii/ lace for milady (how beautiful lace is made in Bruges, Belgium) 5) Off The Ration: i/ bottoms up! (rabbits that prefer to walk on their front paws); ii/ the bear idea (3 black bear cubs investigate someone's camp site - until they are ... Written by ignazia <ignazia@ufie.org>

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May 1951 (UK)  »

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The last recorded rescue by a dog from the Great St. Bernard Hospice occurred in 1955. The dogs were moved to the Foundation Barry Du Grand St. Bernard in Martigny, Switzerland in 2004. Some dogs are brought back to the Hospice during the summer tourist season. See more »

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15 May 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Spotlight on the World We Live In (1951)

** (out of 4)

This here is a rather strange short subject from MGM. It's clear that the short subjects were being dropped by most studios in the 1950s so this one here comes off rather strange because of its subject as well as the fact that it runs 15-minutes, which is a lot longer than most "documentary" shorts. We get a wide range of stories including the first one titled "Samaritans of the Alps", which is about thirty monks who use dogs to help them find people missing in the snow. The "Sports Page" takes a look at tuna fishing as we see a fisherman catching a tuna that is nearly triple his size. Other subjects include some rabbits that do tricks as well as a section devoted to women about how lace is made. I'm really not sure what the history behind this series was and I'm even more unclear on why the studio decided to show these subjects in such a way. I can't say that the film was boring because a few of the stories are rather interesting but those that are boring should have been cut and this might have helped the film. The 15-minute running time certainly wasn't needed and if anything they should have broken this down into two films. The most interesting footage is the dog rescue team as we get to see them find what we're told is a real person. The tuna sequence was also nice but Pete Smith did this type of thing in the previous decade for the studio.

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