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Triumph of the Telegraph

Australia, 1938 (MIFF 1991, Retrospectives)

By the time this film was made the Cinema Branch had completely emerged from the silent period. The approach to the subject is much more inventive and engaging. This was one of two films made for propaganda purposes for the PMG.

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