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Atlantic

About the film

Using diagrams, 'Atlantic' explores the history of the empires surrounding the Atlantic Ocean over the last 600 years.

Details

Release year
1941
Director
Mary Field
Production company
GBI
Cinematographer
Brian Salt
Composer
Jack Beaver
Narration
Paul Merton
Running time (minutes)
24 mins 55 secs
Supervision
Professor A.P. Newton
Diagrams
Diagram Films Ltd.

Original Description

Empire Round the Atlantic
'The course of history unfolds across the screen. Five hundred years ago the only known part of the Atlantic seaboard was the coast of Europe. Columbus sailed across the Atlantic in 1492, and John Cabot discovered Newfoundland in 1497. The task of opening up lands around the Atlantic has been shared by many nations. British, French, Dutch, Spaniards and Portuguese built empires and created free nations in the New World, contributing to the vast traffic passing backwards and forwards across the ocean.’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)

Trivia

 

  • Atlantic was made with two companion pieces: Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Sadly, the former of these has been lost and the status of the latter is unknown.
  • Professor A.P. Newton, who supervised the production of this film, Prior to this, had been Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London from 1920 to 1938.

 

 

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