Focuses on the life of French filmmaker Abel Gance and examines his contributions to the motion picture industry. Explains that Gance pioneered such film techniques as polyvision and the use of the picturegraph and the picturescope. Illustrates these techniques through excerpts from some of his films, including Napoleon and J'Accuse.
Presents Alexander Hamilton as a boy-businessman in the West Indies, a student at King's College, the author of the Federalist Papers, the first Secretary of the Treasury, a reformer of the national economy, the champion of a strong, aristocratic government, and a friend to Northern business. Concludes his life with the fatal duel with Aaron Burr.
Reviews the life of Andrew Carnegie from his poverty-stricken youth in Scotland to his leadership in American industry. Depicts his trials and successes in railroading and his development of the iron and steel works which made his huge fortune. Then shows his decision to devote his fortune and energies to philanthropy.
Outlines the life and work of Benjamin Franklin while stressing the part he played in important historical events. Presents his life of indenture to his brother; his work as a printer and literary contributor; his experiments with electricity; his service as a diplomat, statesman, and envoy to France and England; and his action as a Revolutionary leader.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc., Clarence Ver Steeg, John Barnes
Follows the career of John Smith, whose influence and leadership contributed to the firm establishment of the first permanent English colony at Jamestown in 1907. Traces the events in England which preceded the colonists' voyage to Virginia, and shows the natural human obstacles faced by Smith in his efforts to launch the settlement.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc., Thomas D. Clark, Emerson Film Corporation
Portrays the main events in the life of Daniel Boone. Includes his youth in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, his participation in the French and Indian War, his adventures in exploring and settling Kentucky, his part in the Revolutionary War, and his final settlement in Missouri.
The format of this final program is different from that of the preceding three. On the sound track is a pre-recorded conversation with Steichen, and on the screen is a series of Steichen’s own photographs, and those of other photographers, from the “Family of Man” collection. Steichen’s remarks form a commentary explaining and describing some general principles of photography, and the details of completing this particular exhibit.The basic element, says Steichen, is love: love of life and of mankind.
In this program Mrs. Roosevelt and her guests discuss Mrs. Roosevelt’s early life. Mrs. Roosevelt’s education was very sketchy up until the time she went abroad to study at the age of 15. She was a very lonely child and she tells of the influence her grandmother had upon her life. She talks in this program of Theodore Roosevelt, her uncle, as an influence in her early life. She tells of her learning to speak in public and the disciplines of her early life.
Focuses on Carl Schurz, a young student who joined an unsuccessful revolt against the tyranny of the King of Prussia, escaped from Prussian soldiers, and emigrated to American. Explains that Schurz became a general in the Union Army during the Civil War, a successful journalist, and an advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt.
If Peterson helped to remove bird identification from a purely academic procedure, John James Audubon, helped to remove nature form the drawing room appreciation of the Victorian era, and gave living things a beauty and expression on canvas which capitalized on the bird in its natural environment and in living poses. This program will dramatize the life of John James Audubon with dramatic vignettes. His life was exciting; as an explorer who lived with Indians and knew his birds and animals in the wild; as a journalist who recorded carefully what he saw; as a naturalist who was interested in life histories and naming the things he painted; and as a crusader, who in the last years of his life saw that the wilderness of America was being destroyed and pleaded for conservation. The guest on this program will be Joy Buba, sculptures and artist, who did a head of John James Audubon and who spent considerable time in studying his life. Through her comments and the use of some of the folio prints you will see Audubon’s work and hear her evaluate it.
Portrays representative events in the life of Longfellow, describing his early love for poetry and his growth as a teacher, scholar, and poet. Interposes selections from his poems and depicts incidents which inspired him to write several of his best known works.
Outlines the life story of Longfellow. Presents his travels and studies abroad and his life as a revered Harvard professor. Quotes lines from his most memorable poems, with scenes for the background. Stresses Longfellow's position in literature and his great contributions to children's literature.
Shows 70-year-old Mrs. Mandelina Oberg, a farm wife originally from Sweden, working at her weaving. She tells in her own words how she shears goats, prepares and dyes the wool, and weaves it on her loom. Shows her using her spinning wheel, bobbins, and loom, all handmade of wood.
Outlines the life of Cooper from his expulsion from Yale to his writing and travels in Europe. Presents his life as a merchant seaman, his two years' service in the U.S. Navy and his marriage; then show his wife daring him to write a novel. Emphasizes the influence Cooper's experiences and times had on his literary works, and mentions many of his novels.
Dramatizes key episodes in the life of this founder of American constititional law; the predisposing experiences of his boyhood, his role in the American Revolution, his career in national politics leading to appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Characterizes the founder of America constitutional law. Reveals the significant experiences of Marshall's boyhood, and traces his political career. Presets court decisions through which Chief Justice Marshall established the Supreme Court as the highest authority in determining the constitutionality of American legislation.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc., Leo Gershoy, John T. Bobbitt
Presents highlights in the life of Lafayette with emphasis on his service to the United States. Portrays his friendship with Washington and shows the part he played in the Revolutionary War. Reveals how he fought for a constitutional government in France and concludes by telling of his abiding love for America and the honor bestowed on him by this country.
Dramatizes events in the life of Louisa May Alcott which emphasizes the outstanding traits of her character: devotion to her family, untiring industry and ambition, sense of humor, practicality, and an awareness of young people's tastes and needs in literature.
Perry Miller, John Barnes, Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Recreates the conflict of Roger Williams with the Puritan leaders of New England, including his attempts to achieve separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, and protection for minority groups; the heresy trial resulting in his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his decision to establish the new colony of Rhode Island. | Dramatically depicts the life of Roger Williams from his arrival in the New World until the time of the "heresy" trial which resulted in his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Re-creates the conflict of Roger Williams and the Puritan leaders of New England and explains his concern over the separation of the New World Church and the Church of England, the separation of church and state, religious persecution, freedom of conscience, freedom of inquiry, and the protection of minority groups.
Tells the story of Susan B. Anthony's work in establishing suffrage for women. Highlights her activities in organizing the women's temperance movement, in obtaining property rights for women, and in campaigning for voting privileges. Re-enacts the trial in which she heroically and unrelentingly states her case.
Teaching Film Custodians abridged classroom version of a Cavalcade of America television episode, "The Great Gamble" (season 3, episode 1), which first aired October 12th, 1954 on ABC-TV. Presents the work of Cyrus W. Field in organizing and directing the project to establish a system of rapid communications between Europe and America by means of the Trans Atlantic Cable, and his courageous perseverance to succeed in spite of several unsuccessful attempts.