Skip to main content

POWERED FLIGHT: THE STORY OF THE CENTURY

UK, 1953 (MIFF 1954, Going Places)

Based on original research by Adrian dc Potier. This composite film traces the history of powered (light from 1903 to its Golden Jubilee in 1953. The film is concerned primarily with Britain's part in aviation history, but credit is also given to the vital contributions of other countries. Starting with the historic flight of the Wright Brothers, the film culminates in the new challenges of the jet age. We are shown the very early pioneers &ndash: Bleriot, Farnurn and Santos-Dumont &ndash: and the classic flights of Alcock and Brown, Kingsfor &ndash: Smith, Cobham, Lindbergh, Graham White and Amy Johnson. The development of the Spitfire from the S.6.B., winner of the Schneider Trophy, is emphasised, and the extent of the contribution of the aeroplane to both World Wars in illustrated.

See also...

Project 074

The standard method of measuring engine wear is to weigh a piston ring before and alter a long period of running. A far less laborious procedure makes use of a radioactive piston ring; radiating ... More »

Romance Of Transportation

An animated film in which visual, commentary and music combine in a sprightly account of one phase of transport history in Canada. The conquest of Canada's vast distances and varied terrain is ... More »

Tatra

During the period 1947 to 1950, two young engineers tested the "Tatra 87", a Czechoslovakian automobile, on an extensive world tour through forty-eight countries. This film shows how the car used in ... More »

Eisenstein - a Survey Film

This film, compiled in 1953 by Marie Seton and John Minchinton, was sponsored by the Bodley Head. It surveys the films of Eisen- stein by presenting extracts from six of his films with introductory ... More »

The Magic Horse

A silhouette film from Lotte Reiniger who has been cutting out paper shapes and photographing them since 1923. Here is another one, a fragment from the Arabian Nights. ... More »

Figures in a Landscape

Subtitled "Cornwall and the Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth," this film is not only a study of the work of the artist but is also an analysis of the influence on her work. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director