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Film Details
Title: La FUGUE DE MAHMOUD (Alt. [shorter] version: The STORY OF MAHMOUD)
Filmography Code: FDM-1
Archive/Control Number: NARA/306.00168
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: PPC 35mm, 4R
Type of Material: Motion Pictures
Series: None. But see The STORY OF MAHMOUD.
Film Date: 1952
Description: Sound (French), b&w, 35 min. Mahmoud, a young Berber boy in what was then French Morocco, loves his village school and his French schoolmistress. Feeling abandoned when she is transferred to Casablanca, he steals some money from the school in order to follow. On his journey, Mahmoud discovers the wonders of his large and varied country, from the snows of the Atlas Mountains to the teeming city of Casablanca. And everywhere there are machines— automobiles, railroad engines, and cranes in the city's port. But there is also the dark side of Casablanca-the Bidonvilles (slums), the beggars, and the wild gangs of boys like himself. He locates his teacher and, with her help, finds a small job, which allows him to make restitution to his old school. Despite his youth, he is accepted by a technical school and learns to drive and repair farm tractors. He reconciles with his family and hopes one day soon to become the village tractor-driver. This "docudrama" (both leads are actors) is another example of how Marshall Plan authorities used the film medium to promote and ease social change. 1950. Producer: Roger Leenhardt, director Pierre Levent, camera Marcel Devriez, editing Suzanne Gaveau, music Guy Bernard, actors Nadine Alari and Abdelatif Taibi. Produced by Les Films du Compas, Paris, for ECA France. NARA ref. copy: 35mm PPC, 4R. See also The STORY OF MAHMOUD, the 3R (28-min.) version in English edited by MSA for THE STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD series in 1952.
Roster: Marshall Plan Filmography
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