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Wonderful World
Description: "Wonderful World" Broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities, sponsored by Coca-Cola. Narrator: Ken Nordine. Parallels in European, American, Asian, South American, Caribbean lifestyles, leisure, hospitality, (racial stereotypes in narration.) Landmarks, history, sports, architecture, travel. Amazingly, everyone drinks Coke - globalism, multinationalism.
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Clip #: TFA-241A
Length: 36:36
Year: 1959
Color: Color
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: World
Original: 16mm
Intro. Stars & planets in space backdrop. Music, VO host talks of universal of human desire for "something beautiful." Revolving model globe of Earth. Aerial POV NYC midtown Manhattan. TD skyscraper. Rockefeller Center Plaza w/ patio tables, international flags. Lever House on Park Ave. Americana. VS baseball stadium. (sports) VO host. "Nothing is more American than baseball." Batter makes base hit. Fans in bleachers, beverage vendors. Car drives through covered bridge. VS Small New England town. Tree-lined streets, church steeples, schooners in harbor (ships, boats) in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, VS Harvard University campus, Cambridge, MA. Students entering columned building. Quebec City, Canada. People ride in horsedrawn carriage. WS Chateau Frontenac Hotel. Peace Tower- Ottawa. Mounted Police (Canadian Mounties!), motorcade by Canadian Parliament. Parliament on Thames River, Great Britain. Westminster Abbey, London. Royal Guards on parade, Buckingham Palace. Portrait of Duke of Wellington. VS English pubs, inns - men play darts. Signs of inns. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Actors perform balcony scene in "Romeo & Juliet," Stratford-on-Avon. Oxford University. Good scenes of horse racing. Fans holding drinks, watching race. (sports) France. Boat POV Seine River, Eiffel Tower & original Statue of Liberty. Notre Dame Cathedral. People at sidewalk tables on Champs d' Elysee. Arc D' Triomphe. VS People dine in elegant French restaurant; Chefs speak to people at tables (cuisine). Waiter brings main course to table, spoons marinade over it. (Roast animal w/ skewered vegetables). Parade in Montmarte. The Louvre museum. Man paints scene of museum on canvas outdoors. Tour De France bicyclists racing through small towns, cheered by spectators. VO "In Europe they live in easy harmony with the old and the new." Belgium. Spires, medieval facades of the Guilds in Brussels. Boat POV canals, downtown bicycle race Amsterdam, WS rural land w/ windmills, Netherlands. Stockholm, Sweden. Town hall, modern buildings along river. Sailboat on water. Swedish smorgasbord (buffets) Guests move in line, serve themselves food from table. Children play in water fountain. Germany. TU modern office building (Frankfurt?). Soccer game. Players, goalie makes kickoff, fans react in bleachers. Aerial POV Rhine Valley, river, trees. Castles on green mountain sides. WS Heidelberg. Lion sculpture on campus of University. Students between classes. Dancers in country town plaza. (Oktoberfest-like). Villagers in traditional costume. CU Tuba player. Munich town clock (Glockenspiel) w/ mechanical jousters. Vienna Opera House. Female dancers perform to Johann Strauss waltz by arch. Festival in Vienna. Couple drinking Coke at table. VS Swiss Alps. Man plays accordion at picnic by river. Italy. La Scala opera house, Milan. Grand Canal, Venice. Children feed pigeons in St. Mark's Square. Gondolier rows gondola in front of Rialto bridge. Florence. Outdoor markets at Ponte Vecchio. Piazza della Signoria. HA WS PAN Florence w/ Arno in FG. VS Rome. Renaissance architecture. St. Peter's Basilica. ZI dome. VS fountains including Bernini fountains, Trevi fountain. Arch of Constantine. Coliseum, Ancient columns at the Forum. Spain. Street festival Pamplona. People carry oversize royal figures. Crowds dancing w/ banners. Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. Crowds run down narrow streets into bullfighting arena. Matador challenges bull in bullfight. (Cruelty to animals). Crowd waves white flags. Madrid. Plaza De Toros. Couples get Cokes from drink vendor stand. City statues. Flamenco dancers perform in plaza, men clap castanets. Middle East / North Africa. Men lead caravan of three camels in silhouette on horizon - GOOD. VS People listen to storyteller outdoors, laugh. Caravan travels over bridge. Arab minarets. VS Casablanca, Morocco. Lamb & bread is served at outdoor meal. Men wear fez. Couple inside bazaar casbah drink bottles of Coke. VS mosques. Egypt. Traditional Felucca sailboat traveling up Nile. VS Sphinx. Tourist family on pyramid. Ancient arches, columns, statues, relics, hieroglyphics in Nile Valley. Africa. Victoria Falls (waterfalls). Wild animals. Female lions, gazelle, lions, giraffes, elephants. Lion hunts. Natives perform "primitive art form" - Tribal dancing w/ shields & spears & percussion (marimba). Feathered costumes, animal skins. Buildings in Johannesburg, South Africa. National Memorial windmill, Capetown. European mansion. White family picnic on beach. White couple sits on Point of Rocks where Atlantic & Indian Oceans meet. India. Taj Majal. People walk on sides of pool. Women sort colorful silk & satin fabrics. Bride & groom greet guests at their arranged wedding ceremony. VS New Delhi government buildings. Singapore. University of Malaya. Students chat & joke on campus. GREAT LA statues of Balinese gods w/ dramatic music. Thailand. VS Bangkok temples. Buddhist monks in orange robes walking. Women perform dances in traditional costume (pointed headdresses & jeweled satin dresses) on stage. (Architecture) Asia. Hong Kong (China) Neon lights of city signs at night. People dining in restaurant. Good CU table laden with food. Family dines at table w/ chopsticks. Woman wears silk dress. Young girl squints as she eats sweet & sour dish of food. Junk boats & sampans in seaport harbor. Japan. Woman in kimono performs dance w/ fan at outdoor tea ceremony in garden (geishas). Actors dance in traditional costume & masks on stage in Kabuki play (Noh, drama, theater). EST shot Manila, Philippines. Backyard party - Filipino guests serve themselves food at buffet table. VS Couples do traditional Tinkling dance (dancing between bamboo sticks as they are clapped together.) Hawaii (Polynesia)-- Female dancers in leis & "grass" skirts perform the hula at luau party. Line of surfers stand up on boards, ride wave - dog surfs too (cute animal tricks!). Australia. Sailboats on harbor. Family leaves house for Christmas in Summer, etc. Sailboats on harbor. Koalas in trees at zoo, kangaroos. WS Bondi Beach, Sydney. Children play in water, wet boy runs to mother who eats at picnic on beach (note cunningly placed Coke bottle). Sailboat on water. South America. Peru -- Remains of Inca civilization in Andes mountains. Villagers in traditional dress lead herds of llamas, walk on stone steps. Children play flute, dance outdoors. Argentina -- Man rides horse, rounding up herds of cattle on ranch. Polo match. Group of excited young men & women watching the game. EST shot Buenos Aires. WS traffic on widest street in world. VO: Pioneer countries' hardships. Statue of explorer, wagon & oxen. Couple drinking Coke while sitting next to cannon on cliff, looking out over city of Montevideo, Uruguay. Sao Paolo, Brazil. Modern architecture. Copacabana, beaches in Rio De Janeiro. Dancers & musicians perform for guests on patio during Carnaval. Couple on balcony look out over city of Rio De Janeiro, harbor. Good HA WS EST shot. Dominican Republic (West Indies, Caribbean, Greater Antilles). Monuments, bell towers. Tomb of Christopher Columbus in Santo Domingo. Modern architecture. (Cuba) VS office buildings, palm trees. Musicians perform traditional song in Spanish for diners on balcony. (Guitar, maracas, clave). Mayan pyramids (Mexico). Dancers in colorful feathered traditional costumes perform Aztec dance w/ drums. Buildings w/ ancient art. Mexico City. University of Mexico campus. Man & woman in swimsuit. Man cliff diving into Pacific Ocean (Acapulco). Good EST shot Acapulco. United States. California -- Golden Gate Bridge. VO - path of Spanish conquistadors. Waiter serving platter of shrimp cocktail to people seated at Top of The Mark (Mark Hopkins Hotel) restaurant with view of San Francisco Bay, downtown, Bay Bridge. Family driving in convertible car along hilly road overlooking city. Anaheim, CA -- Old Time train. Tourists walk on Old Western town street in Disneyland. American Indians dance on float w/ teepee in Disney parade. Western railroad cars. Colorado State Fair. People on horseback w/ flags, Rodeo: male rider on bucking horse. Two female fans in cowboy hats, Western wear. Man gets thrown off bucking steer. The West, camping. People ride on horseback along ridge trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona. Canadian Rocky Mountains. Uniformed Canadian Mounties (police) ride along river. Fisherman casting line, reeling in and catching fish in net. Two men cooking fish in skillet over campfire, drinking Coke. Canoeing on Lake Louise. (Alberta, Canada). Americana, hospitality. Boats on harbor in Great Lakes. City skyline of Chicago, IL. Fountain, St. Louis, MO. VS Family & friends' backyard barbecue- Summer. Man wears chef's hat, apron. CU hamburgers & hot dogs on charcoal grill. PAN over food on picnic table. (deviled eggs, vegetable tray, baked beans, bottles of Coke on ice.) Woman serves food. People on horseback ride past mansion (Virginia?) Washington D.C. -- White House, HA WS EST shot of Capitol Building & the Mall. Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ZI Statue of Liberty, NYC. Patriotic summation. Music: "America The Beautiful." End credits.

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