Bees (Russian film)
Scope and Contents
This program presents a film produced in the Soviet Union as propaganda celebrating the "hive." Host Charles Collingwood first looks at the film without its soundtrack, as a natural history film, and then comments on its use as a propaganda film. Viewed from a historical perspective, the McCarthy era and Cold War mentality of Americans is evident and provides an interesting angle to the subject at hand. Soviet scientists produced a beautifully photographed film on the life of a bee in a hive, including close-ups of the hive, queen and drones, bees repairing the hive, etc. As a propaganda tool, to the Soviets the hive becomes a representation of communist society, with the people as a whole and all components of it working for the greater good. At the conclusion of this discussion, the show looks at American individualism in a patriotic ethnocentric fashion. The broadcast ends with an image of a model of Rodin's The Thinker.
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Language of Materials
1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid: script.
3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired Jan. 3, 1954 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; Tom Donovan, director; Perry Wolff, producer and writer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film.
- Bees (Russian film), 1954
- Iris Lee
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Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository
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