THIS WONDERFUL WORLD

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Subjects:

  • Animals
  • Arts and crafts

Genres:

  • Television arts
  • Television entertainment

Decade:

  • 1960s

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Title: THIS WONDERFUL WORLD

Reference number: T0268

Date: 1960

Director: d. Sutherland

Production company: Scottish Television Production 4114

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 28.18 mins

Description: John Grierson introduces a television show featuring a selection of films, including a Sumatran candle dance; a dramatic Japanese film of animal predation; and an appreciation of Greek sculpture.

Credits: presenter John Grierson
assistant L. Henson

Shotlist: credits (0.17) John Grierson introduces programme from the Theatre Royal, Glasgow; introduction to Candlelight Dance, a film of dancing from Sumatra, made by a group of Indonesian students in London (1.12) film of same, set to guitar music (3.06) introduction to Japanese film featuring a snake (4.05) film of same; snake climbs tree, steals and swallows an egg, intercut with an observing buzzard; snake drops to earth, pigeons brooding the eggs return to the nest; (6.09) c/u snake moves through undergrowth; buzzard flies at the snake attacking it head on; buzzard holds the head of the snake in its talons, struggling to control it; eventually buzzard loses its grip (7.48) c/u snake and buzzard; snake escapes (8.24) snake slides over a riverbank, where the buzzard knocks it in; snake swims away; ms snake is attacked by fish; snake is eaten by fish, tails breaking the surface in a feeding frenzy (11.34) c/u shots of snake's skeleton picked clean, downstream (12.31) This Wonderful World End of Part One (12.40) [no picture] Studio discussion and background noise during ads (15.12) This Wonderful World Part Two (15.22) Introduction to Basil Wright's film on Greek sculpture (17.24) film of same; series of shots of single statues and friezes, from several angles, accompanied by explanatory v/o (19.57) c/u sculptor's hands [Henry Moore] chiselling stone; views unfinished Greek statue (20.46) views of Moscophoros; gvs bronze statues including the Bronze charioteer and Kalamis' Poseidon; (23.24) c/u hands burnishing bronze (24.04) Greek landscape; gvs Parthenon; c/us Parthenon marbles; gvs bronze statues (27.28) closing speech by John Grierson and music to finish (28.00) Scottish Television Network Production (28.18)