eames films: 1970s


The Fiberglass Chairs: Something of How They Get the Way They Are. 1970. A cinemtaic look at the deisgn and production of the Eames fiberglass-reinforced, nolded plastic chairs. Ecah step in the production process is shown.

A Small Hydromedusan: Polyorchis Haplus. 1970. A short, live-action film record of a rare sea creature captured by a marine biology student in 12 feet of water in the Pacific Ocean off Zuma Beach, California. It was brought to the Eames Office as part of the developmental study for the National Aquarium project.

Computer Landscape. 1971. This film was made as a complement to the exhibition "A Computer Perspective." The film offers a glimpse into the operation of large-system computers and the people who operate them and shows how a large computer room looks.

Clown Face. 1971. This film was made for Billy Ballantine, director of the Clown College of Ringling Brothers' Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film is intended as a record of famous clowns' makeup and as a training film, it is a close-up look at the precise and classical art of applying makeup.

Computer Perspective. 1972. This film is a visual survey of the collection of artifacts, ideas, events, and memorabilia displayed in the exhibition to represent important milestones in the development of the electronic computer.

Sumo Wrestler. 1972. This is a "spur-of-the-moment" film made during a chance visit to the Eames Office by a world-class Japanese sumo wrestler, Jesse Takamiyama, and his hairdresser.

Cable: The Immediate Future. 1972. Made for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, this film surveys and reports on the background of cable television, its place in the world of television, and its future potential as a communications tool in the workplace, educational institutions, the home, and the community.

Alpha. 1972. This is the first in a series of three films on mathematics conceived and produced by Raymond Redheffer, professor of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and consultant to the Mathematica exhibition.

Banana Leaf: Something About Transformations and Rediscovery. 1972. This film is a parable, photographed in live-action, about the use of eating utencils in India. It is a social commentary about the significance and status people attach to their artifacts

SX-70. 1972. This film introduces the new and revolutionary SX-70 instant-photography camera.

Design Q & A. 1972. A film about Charles's philosophy of design and the work of the Eames Office.

Exponents: A Study in Generalization. 1973. The second of three films on mathematics. This film begins by showing the behavior of specific exponents and concludes with the general laws all exponential expressions obey.

Franklin and Jefferson. 1973. By comparing the philosophies of two of the primary figures of the American Revolution (the intellectual Jefferson with the pragmatic Franklin), the point of view of each man, it was hoped, would be brought into sharper focus. The study film "Franklin and Jefferson" was produced to present a proposal to the client and to provide a cinematic trip through the proposed exhibition. The film was later used by the USIA to provide information to the embassies and museums that were scheduled to show it during bicentennial celebrations.

Two Laws of Algebra: Distributive and Associative. 1973. The final film of a series of three about methematics.

Copernicus. 1973. Made for an international symposium celebrating the 500th anniversary of Copernicus's birth. Images of the places in which Copernicus lived and worked, as well as the artifacts, books, and original manuscripts, are accompanied by narrative.

Newton's Method. 1974. This film describes Newton's inventions, including differential calculus and the mathematical questions relative to it.

Kepler's Laws. 1974. This film was made to demonstarte a single methematical concept. It uses animated graphic symbols and a constant time frame to diagram and explain the laws of planetary motion.

Callot. 1974. This film was made to accompany the Penrose Memorial Lecture to the American Philosophical Society.

Metropolitan Overview. 1975. This film was a proposal for a central guide to the collections of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art.

The World of Franklin and Jefferson: The Opening of an Exhibition (Paris Opening). 1976. This film documents the opening of "The World of Franklin and Jefferson" exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris in 1975. It captures the hectic final moments of preparation before the opening and the reactions of the first visitors to the exhibition.

The World of Franklin and Jefferson. 1976. In this film, the material from "The World of Franklin and Jefferson" exhibition was adapted to a cinematic presentation organized along the exhibition's guidelines. Using live-action footage and film shot from stills and slides, the film shows artifacts from the lives of both men, where they lived and worked, and close-ups of the three important documents of American independence they helped draft.

Atlas: A Sketch of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. 1976. Charles said that this film was a "little sketch which gives, in a very short amount of time, an idea of what the rise and fall of the Roman Empire really looked like.

Something about Photography. 1976. This film was made to demonstrate the simplest and most basic rules of picture taking that would also show how "instant photography" could be used in personally meaningful and unique ways.

The Look of America. 1976. This film traces the social, religious, and economic development of America from its first years of colonization to the beginnings of industrialization. It shows the land, architecture, and artifacts of the times and relates the history of urban and rural communitiues.

Daumier: Paris and the Spectator. 1977. Explores the world pf 19th-century Paris using illustrations and caricatures of the time.

Sonar One-Step. 1978. This film was made for the Eames Office for the Polaroid Corporation. It examines the technology and provides some background on the system's development.

Art Game. 1978. This was a sample film that described the videodisc program Art Game--which was deisgned to help viewers develop visual analysis skills by learning to distinguish the styles of six painters in a common school.

Merlin and the Time Mobile. 1978. This is a film simulation of a proposed videodisc program that lets the player choose from several historial periods: Camelot, Giza, or the Forbidden City. A series of life-threatening situations confronts the player and to survive, the player must select from several options.

Cezanne: The Late Work, With Quotations from His Letters and Reminiscences. 1978. This film was compiled from 35mm slides photographed by Charles and his office staff in 1977 at an exhibition of the late work of Cezanne, which was organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Degas in the Metropolitan. 1978. This film was produced for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to be a permanent record of a major exhibition. To transfer the slide images to film, the Eames Office used the computer-managed, motion-control system employed for the Cezanne film.

A Report on the IBM Exhibition Center. 1979. This is the last of the Eames "study" films produced to present a project concept for client review. The film presents the proposals for the utilization of the public spaces in the new IBM Corporation Building. The completed film was presented to IBM in 1979 after Charles's death but the proposal was never implemented.

The UN Information Center. Another "fiction of reality," proposing a communications hub for the United Nations. "In this film we really go beyond ourselves," Eames said; "what we really end up doing is making a case for the UN."

Man's View of Himself. A study of "man's changing notion of what makes him unique, and a realization that only when man stops worrying about what makes him unique can he solve the problems his uniqueness poses." Commissioned by IBM.

Memory. Commissioned by IBM.

The Perry Expedition. Commodore Perry's 1853 "Opening of Asia," as seen through Japanese documents of the times. Commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute.

Two films for the National Aquarium. One on shellfish, and another on the introduction of exotic species into an environment. The latter will consist of 25 rapid, consecutive examples.

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