Featuring General Motors, Henry Ford, American Engineering
At Its Best, the Science of Streamlining and Much More
This two DVD film compilation takes a look at the evolution of American automobile design and manufacturing from the 1920's to the 1950's. It is a fascinating glimpse of American ingenuity and inventiveness during this period of time.
This sound and silent film collection is on two DVDs and has a total runtime of 2 hours 44 minutes. Here are the films that make up this collection:
- American Look (1958) - This Chevy focused film examines the steps followed to make cars and other high ticket items with great styling and classic lines. It is a great image of what design once was before everything became me too styling.;
- American Engineer (1956) - This film is an exposition of the American engineer and his importance in the day to day life of America. It focuses on many aspects of engineering including bridges, buildings and cars.;
- Streamlines (1936) - This film explores the benefits of streamlined designs for safety, speed, economy and comfort as well as stunningly good looks.;
- The Human Bridge (1949) - Shows the evolution of the 1949 Ford from the drawing board to the road. It shows the various stages of automobile design and manufacturing that go into a new model release. (Note: This film is incomplete.)
- Henry Ford's Mirror of America (1962) - This is an excellent collection of early film showing footage U.S. culture, industry and daily life between 1915 and 1930. The film includes liberal amounts of early manufacturing footage and highlights the growing importance of cars in everyday life.;
- General Motors Around the World (1927) - This silent film presentation follows the early growth of General Motors and its factories in a variety of locations around the world including Japan, Sweden, Australia, Egypt, Belgium, Peru, Spain, Brazil and other nations.
Here are some sample clips from the DVD