Social History | 1970 | Sound | Colour
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A film stating how the formation of NATO has affected Italy, Denmark, West Germany, Britain and the United States, by using one worker from each country, as an example. 1970's
Credits: 'In 1949, following the chaos and upheaval of World War Two, an event of major importance took place.
An alliance of free nations was formed…an Atlantic alliance that would help create in the years ahead an environment of peace and security in which 600 million men and women of 15 nations could, in freedom, build their lives.
The contribution of that alliance to those lives is the subject of this film'.
Down a street walks a balding man, smoking a pipe and wearing a light brown coat. Through a corridor walks a woman, in a deep red flowing dress, passing two men as she goes. On the helm of a ship is a navy officer looking out to sea. Through a bare area of town, walks a woman in a shawl, holding folders under her left arm. On a runway walks a pilot. Return to the balding man, this time in an orange jacket. The woman in the red dress. The lady with the white shawl walks past houses. The navy officer looks through an instrument on the ship. The black pilot waves to someone on the runway.
A night skyline from the river, shows the town lit up, by the lights of houses and restaurants. Shadow of two men looking from the ship to the shore, with lights occasionally blinking. Gaetano, is in the Italian navy; he looks out at the ocean as his ship sails through the water. A yellow sky sets, in a red sky. It guides a ship as it leaves the harbour. A small rowing boat, with tow men in, moves through the water towards a larger vessel. The sun reflects on the water and leaves a yellow trail. In daylight, many ships sail round Italy, not far from the coastline. Gaetano, is at the helm of his ship and looks through an instrument to see where they are.
His son is on the shore and is kissed by his grandmother. Getano's wife, has dark hair and is chatting to her children. Sitting at the table their son smiles, eats a biscuit and has a glass of milk placed in front of him. At the table his wife and two children laugh as they eat and he sits and watches. Close up of his wife. Their daughter munches on some toast, with jam on. The family eat together at the table. His son moves his napkin from under his plate. His sister carries on eating. His mother intervenes. They sit near the window of their apartment, where below the town is visible.
Through the streets walks Gaetano's mother and father, passing people all concentrating on their own lives. As they reach a stall, we see their faces clearer and they talk to the stall owner.
An old photograph from the war years shows an elderly woman sitting on a pile of rubble that was once a house, but, only the walls are still standing. A photo of a mother carrying her child, followed by a friend, both look unsure, tired and scared. Another picture shows an old man with a walking stick, pottering down an alleyway where houses behind him have collapsed. The last picture shows a pair of children arms round one another, looking up at a building that has not been affected by the bombing; one of the children has one leg missing and needs a crutch.
Gaetano's mother puts peaches into a bag, whilst her husband chooses pears. A view of the town, shows us that it is built on the side of a hill, which leads down to the harbour. Camera looks up to flats made from white brick. On her own, his mother walks through the streets, past cars, flats and people, all absorbed in their own lives. Standing by a paper shop, a man in white shorts and t - shirt reads a newspaper. Two men, one crouching, one leaning over him, read a paper, with a portrait of a woman and child opposite them. A pillar is covered in notices and posters. Two men stand, with one smoking as the other talks and directly behind him, another two men do the same. As a group of women and children walk past, two elderly ladies, chat, before making their way home. Three elderly men stand on a street corner and talk.
Gaetano is in the sea with his son, playing in the water together. His wife, in her costume, watches and laughs. However, his daughter is less sure and then sits down in a shallow part of the sea, smiling. On his father's shoulders, Gaetano's son smiles.
Back on his ship, Gaetano stands at the helm, looking thoughtful. Just behind a hill, the sun sets, red and leaving a reflection in the water. Sitting inside the ship with his colleagues, Gaetano drinks something hot. In a row are three men, one has a black beard and moustache, another is clean shaven and the last one looks the youngest.
Against the backdrop of the town, Gaetano and his wife walk along the harbour. He is in civilian clothes and they hold hands. In their apartment, his wife plays with their daughter. His son blows into a pipe, water comes out and he laughs. Gaetano is on his ship at night. Return to him walking with his wife. On the boat he uses a loudspeaker when necessary. His ship sails through the ocean. Walking with his wife, the image freezes.
Sylvia Antoni, is German; she walks down a wide street, with books under her arm, one of which she opens, and wearing a white shawl. Sitting in a classroom, she counts and we see the children she teaches, black and white children, looking at worksheets she has given them. A girl with long brown hair and freckles, looks at Sylvia. Through the gap between two children's heads we see the face of a boy. Sylvia wearing a gold necklace, a black top and a skirt, uses her hands to illustrate a point she is trying to make. One black girl, wearing glasses, answers a question posed. Sylvia continues to teach. The girl with brown hair looks in awe and slowly speaks. Sylvia asks a question, looking to the children for an answer.
Her mother lived through the war and remembers it well. A photo of a woman appears, she is walking past a row of bombed out houses, with nothing left but piles of bricks and wood. Two women and a man, in a photo, walk down a street where every surrounding building has been hit by a bomb and are nothing but shells. Sylvia's mother as she is now, with ginger hair. In a photo, a woman sits on a door which once belonged to a house, however, only the rubble she has behind her remains and she has a hand over her eyes. Sylvia's mother in the present day. A photo of a boy in a cap and jacket, pulling a cart that has all his family possessions on. Another photo shows, the middle of a bombed city, where two men and women are standing, near a white flag flying form a pole; it is obvious the city will need to be totally rebuilt. Lastly, a photo shows a elderly woman walking down a road where every house has been shelled. Sylvia's mother is in her sitting room, safe and warm.
Back in the classroom, Sylvia talks to the children. A black girl with her hair up listens as another black girl answers a question. Then as she tries to answer, she screws her eyes up and Sylvia puts a hand on her shoulder to reassure her. Wearing a blue/green top, a pupil answers a question. Sylvia makes a joke. Two children laugh. She asks a question and puts her hand to her ear, as a sign the person answering needs to speak up.
Two violin players, dressed in white tuxedos play their instruments. Up a set of stairs, walks Sylvia with her husband. The building looks, Gothic in style and is slightly hidden behind some trees. Close up of metal gate, which has a character, wearing a long hat on. From the buildings top, you can see the whole city, but Sylvia's son seems less sure as he looks over the edge. In their home, Sylvia and her husband sit across from one another and chat, with a chess board in the foreground.
Reflected in a set of windows are the buildings on the opposite side of the street, Gothic, and large. A clock tower face showing the time as 12:45, is partially hidden by trees. Holding his son, and with Sylvia pointing, the whole family look from the rooftop at the green hills opposite.
Through the window, in a door with an envelope stuck to it, we see Sylvia teaching. Her brother, has glasses and shoulder length hair, and takes photographs with his camera. Two soldiers standing at their post, in front of the Berlin Wall, are photographed by him today. In no man's land, a crow jumps from post to post, avoiding the barbed wire joining them together. Sylvia's brother takes a photo of East Germany, so near, yet run by Communists and cut off from the west side of Germany. A soldier on the other side is in his watchtower. A sign signals 'You are leaving the American sector'. Graffiti on the Berlin Wall is evident behind her brother and he photographs the view in front of him. On a raised platform are men, woman and children. A mother looks to the other side as her son asks her a question. An elderly man looks sadly over to the East. In the busy streets of the city, Sylvia's brother takes a photo of the flowerbeds, as people pass him by and cars drive down the street.
At the central point of the town is the cathedral. Past a subway, walks a man, with a row of restaurants to his left. Sylvia, with her son, walks across a road, with parked cars either side and as she crosses a car comes up behind her. Image freezes.
Down a street, walks Niels Eduard Busch; he is dressed in a brown coat and has a beard, moustache and a liking for pipe smoking. He is a scientist; he walks to an old red building with several other buildings attached to the main one. A sign reads 'Spor Track' and has the time on it. In a room , are cases with models of houses and roads in, which two boys are looking at. Another case has a model train in and is being looked at by an elderly man and woman. One of the children, has his hood up, but it is clear that like his older sibling he has blonde hair. One of them points to the train going round the model track. Close up of it moving round the track.
At Copenhagen train station, in Denmark, two trains are sitting at platforms, waiting to depart. A mother and her two children look at a timetable. Outside sitting on a bench an elderly couple watch the birds fly about round their feet. An older man talks to tow teenage boys. By the side of Copenhagen is the river. A couple and their friend walk along a street. Carrying a carrier bag, walks a dog. Sailing ships bob on the water, tied to the shore.
Niels in a raincoat, walks towards a boat, with two men wearing safety helmets. In the boat he travels with one of the men out to sea. He looks to the vast ocean. They pass a jetty. In the middle of the sea is a mast and they draw up to it, mooring by tying a robe to the bottom. Niels looks up. At the top of the mast is the other man and Niels gives him instructions. They go back to shore.
Niels' wife, wearing a brown coat with fur round the edges, is riding a bicycle with a basket on the front of it. She teaches teenagers and is helping this one with a problem regarding the set work. Close up of her face, we see she has straight brown hair. Her pupils look on as she talks to them. She asks a pupil to answer a question and the camera moves to show the view from the window, of green bushes outside.
A mast of the ship, the family owns. His wife and one son wear lifejackets. Niels and his other son do as well, and steer the boat. In their garden, Niels and his wife admire the garden.
At work, Niels talks to two colleagues. Close up of one of them, with light brown hair. He has used a blackboard to illustrate his point and his friends listen and then offer their opinions. Work, also involves working outside, wearing safety gear, as Niels is dong here, as he wanders towards a tower. They go up a ladder, get in a lift and close the door. Two of them clamber on a section of the tower, using their equipment when necessary. They secure themselves with rope fixed to the tower. When they come down and walk back inside it is raining. Image freezes.
Through a set of glass doors, we see a metal gate, which is closed; Joan Links, a British foreign office official walks through the glass doors. She wanders down a corridor, past other delegates to the conference on disarmament. On the table, are the names of various countries attending and microphones, which indicate, who will sit where, as well as pens, pencils and paper. The representatives sit down and chat amongst themselves. Joan talks to the person across from her, nodding at one point as if agreeing with a point. The chairman calls for order and the room falls silent. He is wearing dark glasses and has dark hair. Joan raises her pencil, wishing to make a point and begins to speak.
A sign on the side of a wall reads 'Balfour Rd'. This is Derby, with its rows of terraced houses, where she grew up. Up on side of the street walk five girls of various ages. By H.Samuels, the jewellers we see the streets that make up the town centre. The roads are full of traffic. Buses pass by. A misty view of the countryside, shows the other side to Derby. On a Spring day, berries ripen, styles are walked over and the fields await visitors. Grasses wave in the breeze. Sheep run through fields. They carefully avoid the lake.
Down a road, covered with autumn leaves, Joan and her husband swing their son up and down, as they walk. In their house, their son blows a toy trumpet and plays with his father. Close up of her talking. Sitting on his father's lap, their son looks on intently. The family sit together and laugh. Back at the conference she continues to speak, until the scene freezes.
Past planes, a black pilot walks, in his uniform. He has a moustache. He teaches as well and talks to these four men about planes, whilst standing next to one. Close up off him pointing to the wheel of a plane, the camera moves further away so that we see the men he teaches.
Past ploughed fields, where every other ridge has water in it, walks a man. At dusk, he stands and looks to the fields, with his hat and stick. In the sunset, we see a tractor cutting the crop. On a bridge the man stands with a child and fishes. The boy has no shoes on and his trousers are rolled up. They walk back home along a dusty road. Having not caught any fish, they only have their rods to carry.
Through a forest, runs James Bowen, the American pilot, with his family. He has three children, two boys and a girl, all are adopted; they kick a ball around. One child falls over and gets up, looking rather annoyed. His wife has chin length hair and smiles. James is in a red tracksuit and looks at his children proudly. Their daughter kicks the ball and runs away with it. Another child is on a swing, being pushed by Naomi, James' wife. As the family walks on, James carries one child and another walks at his side. View of James with two children. He smiles as he holds one child and passes the camera.
Back at the airbase, he is dressed, ready to fly, and walks with a colleague. View of the planes, with Navy written on the side. As a plane moves off, both James and his friend put their fingers in their ears. A man runs to the nose of a plane as it comes to a stop. James and his colleague, walk to a man who holds their helmets. James gets into the plane, and so does his friend. James has his helmet on. His colleague watches as James, puts on the mask to cover his nose and mouth and the roof of the plane comes down. The planes moves down the runway. The men prepare for the flight. It takes off. The sky is clear and the plane does a loop the loop. It turns round as it enters some cloud cover. The plane lands. James and his colleague walk away, chatting as they go. Past the planes, James walks in his uniform. Close up of his face.
James in the forest with his family. Niels, on the boat with his wife and two children. Joan, her husband and their son walking down the leafy street. Sylvia and her family walking. Gaetano and his son in the sea. Niels in a boat. Sylvia in the classroom. Gaetano on his ship. James in a plane. Joan at the conference.
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