Childhood is a carefree, "fun" time for children - at least in theory. Both parents and children are under pressure because of changing times and shifting values. The reaction of a child that is not prepared to deal with the pressures of a broken home is often one of despair. Fortunately, we have the services of counselors and psychiatrists who set things right. The security of a happy and stable family is what a child really needs.
This film by Alexander Hammid deals with the problems of a pre- adolescent boy, whose mother has her own set of problems - a constantly demeaning mother and a passive husband. A team of counselors and a psychiatrist finally resolve the problems. Hammid's handling of delicate issues is laudable. Parents take note.
Sponsor: Mental Health Film Board and State of Michigan
Producer: Affiliated Film Producers
Color: BLACK &WHITE
This film deals with the comforting thought that school buses are safe and illustrates this theme through the story of young Mickey Miller, who is eager to ride on the school bus but is too young to do so. Sponsored by the Superior Coach Company, this film makes good use of real-life characters and close ups to capture the child's emotions.
Sponsor: Superior Coach Corporation
Producer: Safety Enterprises Corporation
Activity Group Therapy
This is a fascinating film about the problems faced by pre-teen boys in respect of their environment and relation to each other. It also offers solutions to these problems. The film captures true-to-life situations. The use of concealed microphones and cameras ensures that the children involved are not nervous.
Sponsor: Nathan Hofheimer Foundation, Inc.
Producer: Campus Film Distributors Corporation
Color: BLACK &WHITE
Don't Be Afraid
'There's nothing to be scared about the dark' is the theme of this film in which a mother deals with the problem her son has. The film provides a good analysis of why children are often afraid of the dark.
Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Color: BLACK &WHITE
DVD One: 01:01:35
DVD Two: 01:04:13
The title of Anthony Newley's musical Stop The World, I Want To Get Off became a catch phrase with people of all ages, including pre-adolescent children. This set of DVDs carries the same title but with a slightly different intent - to highlight the problems of pre-adolescent children. What could better showcase the sad state of affairs the children found themselves in, than a film produced by the renowned Czech filmmaker Alexander Hammid? In this 1950 production "Angry Boy" Hammid is at his best, capturing the emotions of a troubled 10 year old as only he can. The film also tells us why Hammid won so many awards. His deep insight is on display in this film, in which he gets to the root of the boy's problems - a mother with an unhappy past and an equally dismal present. It's amazing to note that folks in the 50s were not far behind in employing marketing gimmicks that modern day experts take credit for - such as sponsoring a movie with a social theme. You will see this in the delightfully narrated film "Special Delivery", which is the story of a boy who is eager to ride the school bus but is too young to do so. "Trust us, we know how to take care of your kids!" is the message the bus company wishes to convey. I guess they did get this message across quite well.
The Nathan Hofheimer Foundation sponsored film "Activity Group Therapy" is illustrative of the methods used in helping socially maladjusted youngsters cope with their problems. Concealed cameras and microphones give the film a real-life flavor. The 1953 Encyclopedia Britannica production "Don't Be Afraid" is highly recommended. It does a good job of analyzing children's fears and dispelling them as well. All in all, this is a good set of DVDs to have in your collection, particularly for the creativity and originality the films possess.
"Most of the video clips in these DVDs are well preserved despite the fact that time takes its toll on everything, including well-intentioned films. This collection of clips is interesting since it uses a lot of dramatized illustrations to drive home a point. Alexander Hammid's portrayal of a troubled family is done with an eye for detail. A lot of sensitivity is on display in the other films as well. It was nice that somebody thought of putting four children's educational films from the '50s and '60s together on DVDs."
Customer's Name: Alex Peterson (Montgomery, Alabama)
"I purchased this DVD set for my school-going sons, aged six and nine. The film clips are very good and my sons enjoyed all four stories. They also seem to have understood a little more about handling growing up problems. "Don't Be Afraid" throws a lot of light on how mothers can help children overcome their fear of the dark. I am glad I bought these DVDs."
Customer's Name: Olive Truman (Phoenix, Arizona)
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