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Marshall Plan Filmography (MPF)

Film Details
Title: De NIEUWE MIJN. Alt. title: The NEW MINE
Filmography Code: NM-1
Archive/Control Number: VFA/No cat. number
Picture: Not Available
Reference Copy at Archive: Inquire directly to archive
Type of Material: Motion picture (16mm)
Series: None
Film Date: 1951
Description: Sound (Dubbed? in Dutch), b&w, 16 min. With great attention to detail, this film tells the story of the innovation in coal mines begun in Great Britain during World War II. It depicts not only th extraction of the coal itself, but also the working and living conditions of the miners, the nationalization of the mines, and the introduction of weekly wages. It emphasizes the effect of the modernization of the machinery. A mine in Wales serves as an example: coal can even be extracted from under the Irish Sea. Various (Dutch) narrators/commentators are used for different characters in the film. Bert Hogenkamp, of the Research Department of the National Audiovisual Archive of The Netherlands, wrote in 2000, “I know of a British production (1945) with that title...about a 'new' mine in Scotland. For years it was in the National Coal Board film catalogue in English- and Polish-language versions. It was also distributed abroad by the British Council. A Coal catalogue from 1958 lists Spanish, English, French, Polish, Portuguese, Greek, Danish and Dutch versions. My guess is that the film was updated and that foreign language-versions were made with Marshall Aid money." According to VFA archivist Emile Poppe, this film starts with the ERP logo and says, "Deze film wordt vertoond onder auspiciën van de Amerikaanse missie voor het Marshall Plan in Nederland…” (“This film was shown under the auspices of the American mission for the Marshall Plan in The Netherlands…”)
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