Film: 3421

Social History | 1960 | Sound | Colour


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Co-host Morrison discusses the Inca Brick, a plastic brick hollow in the middle 1960's

Close ups of both the plastic and standard brick. Two kids in the studio help construct a mock house using the plastic bricks, almost like an enlarged form of lego. Stills of a demonstration plastic brick house. More kids constructing.

Traffic Congestion - Host Smee shows plastic models of a Rolls Royce and a Mini Minor. Covers of two books "Cars For Cities" and "Better Use Of Town Roads" are shown. Car racing circuit at Crystal Palace - shot of a Rolls Royce and prototypes of a new experimental electric car called a Citycar. Shots comparing the length and width of the separate models. Interior shot of a Rolls and then the three Citycars drive off. Their colours are red, yellow and blue with the red model only having three wheels ( like a goggomobile). Back in the studio, the host walks around the set towards the three Citycars. Stills of two early electric cars. Host talks about The Scamp, an electric car built by Scottish Aviation. Shot of Scamp's interior, ending in close up on the two foot peddles. Shots of the car's batteries. Shot of British Ford's white prototype electric car (small Micro cars) turning left into a suburban street and parking. Back to the studio. Then shots of traffic jams including close ups of people in their cars becoming anxious and agitated (good for possible use as 1960s road rage). Back to studio - co-host introduces next item.

Automatic Cash Dispenser - one of the first
Walking in a street in Enfield, North London, co-host points to a Barclays Bank automatic cash dispenser. Shots of co-host talking through the procedure. Close ups of how to use the equipment (insert £10 voucher, enter pin number and retrieve your cash. Close up of a Barclays voucher which is dated to expire Jan 31, 1968. Back to host Smee in the studio.

Interview with Don Levy - underground film director whose experimental work was shown at the Montreal 1967 Expo. Leevey discusses the contribution of the BFI and BBC towards making his feature film. He talks about his liking for music and sound effect combinations in film. An extract from his film 'Hierostratus' , showing "an exploitation of human weakness" is featured. Sequence opens with a profile of a gun, then a profile of short haired brunette. Another woman in a red dress receives make up and eye shadow. Lots of 2 - 3 second shots follow. An ill man with bad teeth, mouth open lying in bed. The woman in the red dress poses in front of a mirror. A homeless man walks along a street. Eight old people sit bored and motionless in a retirement home lounge area. More shots of the attractive women's faces. A man with a badly disfigured face ( circus freak ? ). A skeletal concentration camp survivor sitting on the ground pulls down a blanket. Three more shots of the women attractively lit and framed. Shots of the women and the homeless man are interspersed. (extract finishes)

Back to host who says goodbye.

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