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Visual recording of speech ; Bali

Identifier: Film Collection no. 67

Scope and Contents

SEGMENT 1: Visual Recording of Speech. This segment examines new technological advances in the visual recording of speech. In a remote broadcast from the Haskins Laboratory in New York, Frank Cooper, Alvin Lieberman and Pierre de Lattre demonstrate the simplified common patterns which make it possible to hear and understand the sounds of speech. A sound spectograph and a filmed x-ray of people speaking are displayed. SEGMENT 2: Bali. Dr. Sudjarwo, Indonesian delegate to the United Nations, and Claire Holt, an authority on Balinese culture, present and discuss a documentary on the art, culture and customs of the Balinese people, the sophisticated development of dance forms, the carved musical instruments, flowers, and food. The Balinese were formerly governed by the British and Dutch before their island became part of Indonesia. The film material shows religious rituals, a native market, cock fighting, trance dances, funerals and cremations, and folklore about witches.


  • 1954


Language of Materials



1 Film Reel (60 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (60 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid: script.


Original format: 16mm kinescope.


Originally aired Apr. 11, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.



Charles Collingwood, host; Lamar Caselli and Mel Ferber, directors; Perry Wolff, producer; Robert Northshield and Jac Venza, assistant producers; Shelby Gordon (Visual recording of speech) and Phyllis Kremer, writers; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Grover Cole, production design.

Visual recording of speech ; Bali, 1954
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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