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Title: MEN AND MACHINES
Filmography Code: MAM-7
Archive/Control Number: IWMFVA/OTAN 102
Picture: Not Available
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Type of Material: Motion Pictures
Series: 'The CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE series (sometimes with subtitle, The GRAND DESIGN: PROGRESS REPORT FROM EUROPE)'
Film Date: 1951
Description: Sound (English?), Technicolor Monopac, 18 min. This survey of Europe's Marshall Plan-aided economic recovery also seeks to convey a message: Establish harmony between men and machines. To lower costs, more automation and mass production are needed in both the new and established industries. But the film warns that traditional craftsmanship and the production of quality goods must not be abandoned. Europe needs its Venetian glassblowers as well as the new German plant that turns out a million beer bottles a day. Good coverage of European industry five years after the war, set to a narration that prophetically notes, "While a portion of our output must now go for defense, there is the promise of an abundance which Europe has never before enjoyed." Other featured industries include Italian shipbuilding, the first Renault factory, manufacturing of tractors and gas ranges, textile mill, Danish silversmith, and molten steel being poured into molds. 1951. Fourth of six films of The CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE series. Executive Producer: Ian Dalrymple, Supervising Production Manager: Raymond Anzarut. Editor: Sydney Stone and others. Director: Diana Pine, Lighting Camera: Bill Pollard, Camera Operator: Ian Wooldridge, Camera Assistant: Denis Fox. Narrator: Leo Genn. Produced by Wessex Film Productions, Ltd, London, for ECA/OSR.
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