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Marshall Plan Filmography (MPF)

Film Details
Filmography Code: MOGW-1
Archive/Control Number: NARA/306.00300
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: VT (on 306.00299-Concl.). Also PPC 16mm
Type of Material: Motion Pictures
Film Date: 1952
Description: Sound (English), b&w, 27 min. A pastiche of footage from other ECA films. Christmas, 1951—The Marshall Plan is helping Western European countries bridge the “dollar gap” by increasing exports: handmade toys from Germany, Christmas trees and skiing in Austria. People of Brittany demonstrate quaint Christmas customs; Norwegian men participate in the “Home Guard” (and “highly-trained” women’s auxiliary corps provide smiles and cups of coffee); orphans in Switzerland dance a slow polka; Italians put on a Christmas pageant and, along with assistance from the U.S. and other countries like Norway, help flood victims in the Po Valley. Over footage inside Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, narrator states that others in Europe continue to face problems and have to help each other, but “whatever their religion, Europeans have faith.” Films ends with Austrian children singing. 1952. NARA ref. copies: VT (on 306.00299-Concl.). Also PPC 16mm. NB: This film is named on NAIL as simply STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD. It is, however, just one of the films produced by the MSA Film Section, Paris, for MSA Washington. See “STRENGTH FOR THE FREE WORLD (series)” for more information.
Roster: Marshall Plan Filmography
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