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Marshall Plan Filmography (MPF)

Film Details
Filmography Code: TSCS-5
Archive/Control Number: MAP-PAV/00161
Picture: Not Available
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Type of Material: Motion picture (16mm)
Series: None
Film Date: 1953-1954
Description: Sound (French), b&w, 28+ min. This animated cartoon about the fictional Tom Schuler provides a clear metaphor for America’s hope of a cooperative and united postwar Europe. The story begins in the present (mid-20th century) at the dedication of a statue to Tom, who, as a young man, was active two hundred years earlier in business and politics as the United States was becoming established. Having come as a young man to an American colony with dreams of riches, Tom had settled into a working life as a shoemaker. As a businessman, he found inter-colony trade awkward and expensive. A journey to Philadelphia to buy leather proved frustrating due to variations in currency and other problems at the borders between colonies. But while there, he learned about the Constitutional Convention, then in progress. The document was the product of compromise and negotiation. After returning to his home colony (not named) he was elected to attend his new state’s convention to ratify the new Constitution. The convention did indeed ratify the document, but not before demanding that a Bill of Rights be added. After ratification, he found that the old enmities, fears, and suspicions that separated the old colonies disappeared and that in the new United States, commerce increased. Old borders disappeared. Even old critics of the Federalists’ plan found ways to succeed in business. "Presented" by USIA and included in September 1, 1952, CATALOGUE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS DISTRIBUTED BY MSA, having been translated into at least French, Turkish, and German.
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