Film: 7884

Places + Locations | 1960 | Silent | B/W

Synopsis:

16.1.68 - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. - The construction of buildings for the World's Fair in San Antonio in April 1968. Aerial cable car. 'Tower of the Americas' under construction. A thin tower that is to have a circular restaurant at its highest point. Rather than be built at the top the restaurant is to be built at ground level and then raised to the required position. At the point that we see it the restaurant is about half way up the tower. Various shots of this. Shots of construction workers at the top of the tower. A travelling shot from the ascending elevator in the tower itself. Shot at ground level of construction workers leaving the elevator and walking away.
9.4.64 - New York, U.S.A. - Preparations for the World's Fair in 1964 in New York. Uniglobe; building site; ornate Thailand Pavilion; IBM's egg shaped theatre; replica of Columbus' flag ship The Santa Maria; various space rockets displayed by the National Space Agency; the General Motor's building designed as a jet liner; a mono-rail; the Ford Building (a car in a transparent tube on the exterior of the building that will be used to transport visitors through it), an enormous car shaped building; an eighty foot high Ferris wheel within a tyre designed by U.S. Royal Tires(various shots of this wheel); Music Hall next to mono-rail. A general panning shot of the preparations for the World's Fair.
27.1.67 - New York, U.S.A. - Four story building being demolished collapses and traps workers. Wrecked building. Work men at foot of rubble, people walking past (very dark). Work men drilling holes in collapsed concrete floor. The crowds.
3.6.67 - New York, U.S.A. - Landlords storm City Hall. Demonstrations by men wearing white shirts, ties and sunglasses. The demo, with banners, breaks through barriers. Police in uniform try to regain control by running to front of the demo. Shots of people pushing each other as the crowd moves forward (camera is very unstable here). The demo inside the City Hall. Crowd being addressed (shot through broken window). Garbage man tipping rubbish from box into refuse lorry. Poster: 'Just a Drop in the Basket Helps Keep New York Clean.' Anti-litter campaign. Man rummaging through piles of rubbish / litter.


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