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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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Academic Film Archive of North America
Mar 15, 2017 William Deneen
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A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
Academic Film Archive of North America
May 18, 2012 Robert Amran
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The real star here is the late aerial photographer James Freeman, whose breathtaking helicopter shots of Mayan and Aztec ruins at sunrise and sunset won an Academy Award for this film in 1971. Although the English version was narrated by Orson Welles, the Spanish version, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, is in better keeping with the ethnic aspect of the film, and no knowledge of Spanish is needed to appreciate his dramatic impact. Don't be put off by the heroic musical score: this film is...
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Topics: Maya, Aztec, helicopter, Chichen Itza, Monte Alban, Tulum, Toltec, Uxmal, Palenque
Academic Film Archive of North America
- Milan Herzog
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'Otra Carta' was the final film in the 'La Familia Fernández' series of 54 Spanish language instruction films distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (EB) in 1965, produced by Milan Herzog and directed by Irving Rusinow. The curriculum developer was John W. Oller. Here, various sites in Mexico City are shown, including the relatively traffic-free Avenida de la Reforma, and and the flower-laden boats of Xochimilco. For more on EB's foreign-language instruction films of the early 1960s,...
Topic: Encyclopedia Britannica Films
Academic Film Archive of North America
- Milan Herzog
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Lesson 12 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Emilio en España' Spanish language instruction series of 1965. This film focuses on the mill culture of La Mancha as they visit an ancient waterwheel (noria), a country bakery, and view the fascinating inner workings of a centuries-old windmill, as they tour the Meseta Central in their Land Rover Series II SWB. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topics: Land Rover Series II, La Mancha, windmill, noria, Spanish language instruction
Academic Film Archive of North America
- Milan Herzog
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Lesson 11 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Emilio en España' Spanish language instruction series of 1965. This film focuses on age-old farming practices in the Meseta Central, including mule and wooden plow. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topics: Meseta Central, Spain, Spanish language instruction