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Nails

A blacksmith labours at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of rod white-hot from the coke flame. The scene shifts to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines pull, cut and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow; then shifts again to the nineteenth century, where cut nails are turned out at a pace that is still on a human scale. Nails traces the evolution of the nail-making process in this engrossing sound film without commentary.

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  • "A blacksmith labours at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of rod white-hot from the coke flame. The scene shifts to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines pull, cut and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow; then shifts again to the nineteenth century, where cut nails are turned out at a pace that is still on a human scale. Nails traces the evolution of the nail-making process in this engrossing sound film without commentary."@en
  • "Uses the process of nail-making to illustrate man's changing relationship to his work, from the handicraft skills of the blacksmith to the automation of a modern factory."@en
  • "A blacksmith is seen laboring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. The scene then shifts back to a nineteenth-century nail factory. These diametrically opposed scenes emphasize the changed relationship between the individual and his work. This is a sound film without commentary. (Seven awards, including New York; Chicago; Oscar nomination, 1980; Toronto)"@en
  • "A blacksmith is seen labouring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. The scene then shifts back to a nineteenth-century nail factory. These diametrically opposed scenes emphasize the changed relationship between the individual and his work. Film without words."
  • "A Visual poem which explores the the evolution of nail manufacturing: a blacksmith at his forge, a 19th century factory and a highly mechanized 20th century mill, effectively illustrating the ramifications of mechanization/industrialization on the worker."@en
  • "Using the ordinary nail as a symbol of industrial growth, this production juxtaposes the blacksmith's slow craftsman's approach with the mass production methods of today."@en
  • "Traces the evolution of the nail-making process from an individual skill to a computer-controlled, mass production enterprise."
  • "Traces the evolution of the nail-making process from an individual skill to a computer-controlled, mass production enterprise. Sound film without commentary."
  • "Tracks the shift in the relationship of an individual to his work between the 19th century and today. Focusing on how nails are made, we first see a blacksmith laboring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene then shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a 20th century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow."
  • "Using the ordinary nail as a symbol of industrial growth, this production contrasts the way nails were made individually by blacksmiths, by a water powered plant of the 19th century and by todays highly mechanized factories requiring scarcely any human intervention."
  • "Summary: This film is a montage of moods and rhythms, tracing the evolution of the making of nails from a craftsman's skill to a computer-controlled, mass-production enterprise as representative of the changed relationship between the individual and his work. In the process it contrasts the leisurely approach of an 18th century blacksmith, as he shapes nails from a single strand of metal, with the powerful roar of a modern steel mill. In between is a 19th century factory, where the making of nails, though mechanised, is still on a human scale and the machinery is not as intimidating as that of the 20th century giant, amongst which men seem out of place."
  • "A blacksmith is seen laboring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth-century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. The scene then shifts back to a nineteenth-century nail factory. These diametrically opposed scenes emphasize the changed relationship between the individual and his work. This is a sound film without commentary. (Seven awards, including New York; Chicago; Oscar nomination, 1980; Toronto)."@en

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