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The American look

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 48

Scope and Contents

This program examines the historical development and nature of the American physical type with the help of Harry L. Shapiro, AMNH anthropologist. The look of a typical American is revealed to be a hybrid of several different cultures. The discussion is illustrated with two figures, Norma and Norman, created by Abram Belskie, a sculptor, and based on statistical information compiled by Robert Latou Dickenson, a well-known New York gynecologist. The Peter Birch dancers perform a shadow play depicting immigrants arriving in America and ultimately creating a distinct American physical type. A presentation of the American woman's changing concept of the ideal figure adds a whimsical note to this presentation. Film clips dating back to 1903 and dealing with fashion, sports, and economic and political situations that have affected the styles of American men and women are shown.

Dates

  • 1953

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 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.

General

Original format: 16mm kinescope.

General

Originally aired Nov. 15, 1953 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.

General

http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1140512

General

Charles Collingwood, host; Allen Reisner, director; Perry Wolff, producer; Ernest Leiser, writer; Leon Rice, editorial supervisor; Jac Venza, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; Peter Birch dancers, performers.

Title
The American look, 1953
Author
Iris Lee
Date
2018
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Research Library Special Collections Repository

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