Science, Environment and Health
Documentaries can uncover the hidden secrets of the natural world and reveal the beauty of our surroundings. They can also explore the environmental issues and show the human dimensions of medical science.
1964, Director: Julian Biggs
1 min 35 s
2. What evidence is there that people have been in the city environment lately? What evidence is there that something has gone wrong? Can you guess what it is? After you have puzzled over it, you may read about the film in the Critical Comments.
3. Why do you think this film is in the Science, Environment and Health section? Could it be in another, such as War and Peace?
If you erase the people of downtown America, the effect is bizarre, not to say disturbing. That is what this film does. It shows the familiar urban scene without a soul in sight: streets empty, buildings empty, yet everywhere there is evidence of recent life and activity. At the end of the film we learn what has happened.
Running Time: 8 min 12 s
Director Julian Biggs
Producer Julian Biggs
Images Paul Leach
Editor Julian Biggs, Kathleen Shannon
Sound Ted Haley
Producers National Film Board of Canada