Film: 7945

Newsreels + Film Magazines | 1960 | Sound | B/W


Anti-Nuclear Bomb demonstrations and discussions.
12.8.61 - Tokyo, Japan, Asia. 'The Seventh World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs For Promotion of Total Disarmament.' Marchers in street with flags and banners (majority in Japanese). Close up of boots marching, tilt up to burly Japanese male marching wearing head band and necklace of flowers. Man beating drum while marching. A woman's bound feet in sandals, not tiny. Students marching and holding pictures. Dr. Earle Reynolds marching and clapping. Long shot of exterior of large building with large crowd in front of it. Interior of same, crowds sitting and clapping as long line of people move through crowd. A Cuban in military uniform shaking hands with members of the crowd. The front of the hall: people sitting at head table. People sitting and fanning themselves. U.S. delegate, Robert Moore, speaks at podium (medium long shot). States that U.S.S.R. and U.S.A. are no longer enemies. Applause. War is the common enemy. Applause. Cuban delegate enters to rapturous applause, he raises hand as he walks through crowd to the podium in order to speak.
15.9.61 - Smithtown, New York, U.S.A.. Group fearful that they are in danger from nuclear attack while living in New York have decided to move to Chico in California. Two of the group, Mr and Mrs. Bauman explain why they have made this decision. Asked why they have chosen California Mrs. Bauman explains that it has been said that North California is relatively safe from fall out. Pan to Mr Bauman. Interviewer ask if they are aware of the nuclear bases in the area. He says that they are aware of the bases but they are not leaving to isolate themselves but to develop a community.
8.11.61 - New York, U.S.A.. Women demonstrate against nuclear testing. Demonstration on pavement. Banners, 'Stop the Nuclear Arms Race on Behalf of all the World's Children'. Child standing next to push chair with baby in it. Child has sign around it neck 'Leukemia or College'. Banner, 'Remove the Fear From the Atmosphere'. Balloon with slogan, 'Women want Peace'. High angle shot of the balloons with this slogan on being released. Arthur Dean speaks in long shot before the demonstration. States that the Free World, full of moral beings, would not use nuclear weapons except in self-defence. However, they face ruthless despotism (in the form of the U.S.S.R.). Hope to negotiate disarmament. Suggests that U.S. disarmament would lead to Communism in the U.S.. Glamorous young woman is interviewed. States that women do not intend to give men answers but they are frightened. Men have produced a terrifying mess (a very solid statement). At end she turns and smiles.
12.12.61 - New York, U.S.A.. Professor Slavadori and Melman of Colombia University oppose fall out shelters. Slavadori in medium close up then pan to Melman. Medium long shot of the professors (over head of interviewer). Melman states that we ought to learn from the experience of World War Two when the occupants of shelters were often incinerated or asphyxiated. Twenty megaton bomb would cause fire storm over 2000 square miles around centre of blast. Therefore, futile to construct fall out shelters. Slavadori is asked if fall out shelters would act as a deterrent to nuclear war. States that their construction would force both U.S. and Soviets to think more about war.

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