films for the classroom
- Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies
- Center for the Study of Film and History
- Volume 3, Number 2, May 1973
- pp. 38-39
- Additional Information
of Southeast Asia. And maybe, just maybe, one of these days we'll get an American-made revisionist feature. What gives me hope? Watergate! It should turn a lot of heads around. The Cowboys stand revealed on their own turf in a historic squabble over who's going to hold that Big Pearl Handled Revolver .. .and a lot of us are finding out we're Indians. Alan Levin Is a pnoducen at WWET-Tl/, the public televisión channel In Hew Vonk City. His documentary on American faonelgn policy "Who Invited Us?" won the 1970 Geonge Polk Memorial Award faon TV nepontlng, films for the classroom Woodrow Wilson: Spokesman for Tomorrow (Caravel Films for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1956) 27 min. b£w As the subtitle indicates, the theme of this film is that by failing to heed the prophetic warnings of Woodrow Wilson at the close of World War I, mankind was destined to fight another savage war within a generation. There is only a brief glance at Wilson's domestic achievements and November 11, 1918, comes before the film's halfway point. Some of the footage is spectacular, particularly scenes of the tumultous greeting Wilson received as he toured Europe before the Versailles Conference and the contrasting quiet intensity of Americans listening to their President expound the virtues of the League of Nations a few months later. The film's unwillingness to acknowledge that Wilson may have been partly responsible for the Senate's ultimate rejection of the Treaty offers a convenient point for initiating post-viewing discussion Course: U.S. History Survey, 1865-Present; Recent U.S. Peter L. Petersen, West Texas State University 38 Russia: The Unfinished Revolution (NET, 1967) 60 min. b&w Russia: The Unfinished Revolution, consists primarily of interviews conducted in 1967 with Soviet university students, workers, teachers, doctors, the scientist Igor Tamm,, writer Ilya Ehrenburg and the dissident poet Andrei Voznesensky. The underlying thesis for this documentary is that the revolution and its engineer, the Communist Party, have neither fully modernized Russia nor yet become compatible with the vigor and talents of the Russian people. The revolution in its economic, social and intellectual aspects, therefore, remains unfinished. Despite efforts to introduce economic reforms , inefficiency persists. This inefficiency combined with preoccupation with the production of military hardware results in a short supply and high costs of consumer articles. In addition, reluctance to alter the fundamentals of collectized agriculture retard general economic growth. Soviet society expects its women both to seek employment and engage in homemaking and childrearing . Cultural expression suffers from crippling restrictions despite pressure for greater freedom. The Unfinished Revolution can be used effectively following or preceeding a classroom discussion of contemporary Russia in history, sociology, political science or economics courses. Most importantly, the reasonable rental cost for this sixty*minute film ($10.15) permits its use by departments with limited budgets. Larry Holmes, University of South Alabama 39 ...