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European Film Gateway

Reading through some of the media flurry in anticipation of the centenary of the First World War, I stumbled onto this. It’s called the European Film Gateway and it is a portal that assembles selected archival footage from the various national film archives in Europe.This is how the website describes the gateway:

Discoverand immerse yourself in over one hundred years of European film history. Explore films and the diverse materials connected to their production, distribution and reception. Use information and content presented through the European Film Gateway for your work, studies and leisure. Share your discoveries on social networks, in your community, among your friends and colleagues.

There's a section specifically for the First World War. You can search by country, year, or keyword. The results will give you hour upon hour of fascinating, moving, and surprising imagery. And the collection is not limited to the First World War. You can open up a search beyond 1914 – 1918. Be cautioned, though, this is an addictive site. You can while away a great of time leaping from link to interesting link. It’s a wonderful window on the past which is truly another country, as each “other” country in this archive offers yet another perspective on what we may think of as that past.    

Here's the link:


“In the end, we were our choices?” Consumer life pre-Amazon


In his multi-volume series on the history of post-War Britain, David Kynaston is edging towards the 1960s. He describes 1959 as the year of consumerism. I lived there at the time and 1959 is also a year that I can (sort of) remember. I was 7, but this litany of names and slogans brought back enough clouded memories and associations to underscore the frightening power of "ear worm" ads.  


Galaxy, Picnic, Caramac ('Smooth as chocolate ... tasty as toffee ... yet it’s new all through!'), Knorr Instant Cubes, Bettaloaf, Nimble, New Zealand Cheddar ('Now I'm sure they'll grow up firm and strong'), Jacob's Rose Cream Marshmallow Biscuits, Sifta Table Salt ('Six Gay Colours'), Player's Bachelor Tipped, Rothmans King Size, wipe-clean surfaces, Sqezy (‘in the easy squeezy pack’), coloured Lux (‘four heavenly pastel shades of blue, pink, green and yellow, as well as your favourite white’), Fairy Snow, new Tide with double-action Bluinite, Persil (‘washes whiter - more safely’), Nylon, Terylene, Orlon, Acrilan, Trice!, Daks skirts, Jaeger girls, ‘U’ bra by Silhouette (‘Gives You the Look that He Admires’), Body Mist, Mum Rollette, Odo-ro-no, Twink (‘The Home Perm that Really Lasts’), Pakamac, Hotpoint Pacemaker, Pye Portable, Philips Philishave, ‘Get Up to Date - Go Electric!’ Irrefutably,1959 was the year of consumption: refrigerator sales up from 449,000 (in 1958) to 849,000; washing machine sales up from 876,000 to 1.2 million; vacuum cleaner sales up from 1.1 million to 1.5 million; radio and electrical equipment sales up by 21 per cent; motor-car sales (including exports) up from 1.05 million to I. 19 million; jewellery sales, ladies' underwear sales, money spent on eating out - all up by significant percentages. Even so, there still remained a considerable way to go in the consumer durables revolution: TV sets may have been in roughly two out of three British homes by the summer of 1959, but the ratio for telephones was one in two, for washing machines one in four and for refrigerators one in ten, while only one in three households had a car.

(p. 336-7)


David Kynaston, Modernity Britain – Opening the Box, 1957-1959

Bloomsbury, 2013


“In the end, we are our choices.”

Jeff Bezos


In The Everything Store – Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, author Brad Stone identifies one of the Amazon-founder’s personal choices: The Clock of the Long Now. It’s not something that is for sale on the Amazon site but a “mechanical timepiece designed to last for millennia that engineers are preparing to build inside a remote mountain on Bezos’s ranch,” writes Stone. 

Choosing to focus on the long-term is at the centre Amazon’s ascent to global success. It’s a business strategy that Stone describes as “both missionary and mercenary.” Stone lets Bezos explain his interest in the clock: “Time horizons matter, they matter a lot … we humans are getting awfully sophisticated in technological ways and have a lot of potential to be very dangerous to ourselves. It seems to me that we, as a species, have to start thinking longer term.” (p. 355)

The Clock of the Long Now project is certainly a choice about the long term. On the project website, the clock’s designer, Danny Hillis states his goal:


I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years.

Why has he made this choice?

I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. I know I am a part of a story that starts long before I can remember and continues long beyond when anyone will remember me. I sense that I am alive at a time of important change, and I feel a responsibility to make sure that the change comes out well. I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks.

This fascination with the long-term is both intriguing and paradoxical given Amazon’s emergence as the company that “has nearly perfected the art of instant gratification, delivering digital products in seconds and their physical incarnations in just a few days.” (p.6)


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone

Little, Brown and Company, 2013.



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From CNC, France's national film archive.