The first program includes highlights from the other programs in this series to serve as an overview. Robert Frost discusses with a group of high school students and adults how and why he writes poetry. Illustrates his points with readings of his own poems, including "The Pasture" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Emphasizes that prose has rhythm but that poetry is rhythm plus rhyme. Features a conversation with Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the Salk polio vaccine. (WQED) Kinescope.
Robert Frost talks about and illustrates with his own poems the fundamental meaning of poetry. He speaks of the fun of writing, listening to words, and stories in poetry. He reads from his own poems “The Runaway Colt,” “Dust,” “The Woodchuck,” “The Ant,” “The Bluebird,” and “Stopping by the Woods.” This program evolved from a lecture to fifth grade classes involved in WQED’s Television Teaching Demonstration.
Robert Frost discusses with a group of high school students what brings him happiness in life, what he does for entertainment, and what it means to write a poem. Reads and interprets from "The Gift Outright," "The Road Not Taken," and "Mending Wall." He denies that poems say anything more than they seem to say. (WQED) Kinescope.
Robert Frost speaks informally with a group of friends about poetry, authors, and publishing. He discusses his philosophy of poetry, and his ideas on religion, loyalty, world affairs, love, and science. Suggests that one should not read more into a poem than is intimated by the poet. (WQED) Kinescope.
This program is a conversation between Robert Frost and DR. JONAS SALK, developer of the Salk Polio Vaccine. They compare and discuss the similarities of science and poetry, and the devotions and the methods of procedure the poet and the scientist must make as well as the satisfaction derived in both fields by fulfillment.
Discusses the role and status of artists in society. Considers the sources of support of artists and suggests that artists are necessary to any society. Includes participation by Mark Van Doren, the author, and Philip Evergood, an American painter. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Describes the critic as having a responsibility to society while expressing his own point of view. the critic does not attempt to educate but rather to observe keenly and to report and comment upon the arts. Features critics from the New York Herald-Tribune, Time magazine, and the New York Times. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Teenagers from the United Kingdom, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Indian discuss prejudices against Britain and her policies. They further discuss their preconceived notions about America and indicate how their visit has changed these ideas. (WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Herald Tribune Forum delegates from Israel, France, Turkey, and Lebanon discuss their prejudices against other forum delegates and their countries. They indicate that some of their prejudices have been removed through acquaintances made in the U.S. (WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Comprised of travelogue sequences from Europe, Asia, and Africa. Countries shown include British Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka), Yemen, Egypt, Italy, France, and England. Specific cities, locations, and activities include Colombo, the capitol city of Ceylon (modern-day Sri Lanka), that include wildlife (elephants) and local street scenes. Another sequence showcases the port city of Aden, Yemen and another in Egypt with a shot of “Cooks Rest House,” the pyramids, the Sphinx, and local peoples. Naples, Italy follows with black and white and color footage of the ruins at Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius (which appears to be active in one shot at 20:50!). London, England sequences are particularly interesting for their bustling urban shots and depiction of escalating wartime propaganda publications and signage, as well as capturing the Guard Mounting and Trooping of the Colour ceremonies. Several shots are taken specifically around Oxford and Regent Street. Footage consists of a combination of color and black and white film stock with title cards inserted for new locations.
McRobbie-Gair Family Home Movies : Film consists of travelogue sequences mainly of the Eastern United States and Canada, with footage from New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Illinois, and New Mexico. The film opens with shots of the New York City skyline and Times Square at night with an amazing light show of entertainment and advertising signage. We see the marquee of several historic movie theatres, including the Loew’s State Theatre and the Strand Theatre, showing 'Only Angels Have Wings' (1939) and 'Indianapolis Speedway' (1939), respectively. Other notable footage includes a segment of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair. There is also footage from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, Chicago, IL cityscapes, and wonderful footage of Niagara Falls. Moving north to Canada the film captures shots from Montreal, Toronto, and Québec City. Notable sequences include shots of Montmorency Falls and Château Frontenac in Québec City. Finally, the film travels to the American Southwest of New Mexico, including the cities of Gallop and Albuquerque. The film captures in amazing detail an “Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial” in Gallop, according to a title card, which includes ritual dancing, games (including tug-of-war and foot and horse races), and a rodeo with broncos and bulls. Footage consists of a combination of color and black and white film stock with title cards inserted for new locations and cities.
Discusses and demonstrates scenic design and the part it plays in theatrical production. Introduces the scenic designer and his work, discusses the problems he faces as an artist, and shows how he creates scenery. Illustrates the objective of stage scenery. Presents styles of scenic design including realism, stylism, and theatricalism.
Discusses the relationship between science and common sense. Demonstrates the validity of the theory that "nature abhors a vacuum." Conducts experiments with water and mercury barometers to show the relationship of atmospheric pressure to the development of a newer and more concise theory. Features Dr. Leonard K. Nash, Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University. (WGBH-TV) Kinescope.
Discusses the importance of numerical measurement in the progress of science. Uses experiments from physics, chemistry, and astronomy to show how a quantitative approach to science aids in understanding. Presents a brief history of the evolution of the mathematics in science. Features Dr. Gerald Holton, Professor of Physics, Harvard University. (WGBH-TV) Kinescope.
Explains and demonstrates how sculpture in relief developed from the cave man to the present. Illustrates with ancient and modern examples. Discusses the composition and carving techniques of full-scale reproductions of famous sculptures. Describes how the artist's sculpture is transferred in the production of a commemorative medal. Features Merrell Gage, sculptor and Professor of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. (USC) Film.
Discusses the use of stone as a medium of sculpture. Demonstrates the tools and techniques of stone carving. Shows several works carved from different types of stone explaining why particular stone os chosen for a specific piece of sculpture. Illustrates with the carving of a portrait of Washington. features Merrell Gage, sculptor and Professor of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. (USC) Film.
In this program, Mr. Fitzpatrick presents a historical review of sculpturing, emphasizing the materials and techniques employed in creating this art form. Discusses sculptural masterpieces from Egypt, Assyria, and Greece. Displays and explains the use of various varieties of stone. Demonstrates ways in which the beginner may use simple materials and tools--plaster of Paris, insulating brick, and a knife. Continues with a more detailed explanation of the sculptor's tools--mallet and various chisels. Features Henry Bursztznowicz demonstrating the techniques and tools used.
Demonstrates the tools and techniques of wood carving. Discusses and shows the advantages and disadvantages of wood as a medium of sculptor. Illustrates with finished works carved from different woods explaining the sculptural qualities and techniques of each. Features Merrell Gage, sculptor and Professor of Fine Arts, University of Southern California. (USC) Film.