Relive the dazzle, wonder and fun of The 1964 World’s Fair, an extraordinary documentary narrated by Judd Hirsch that takes a fresh look at the sights and sounds of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
OUR PRICE: $19.95
CATALOG #: 20325
UPC #: 6-4603203259-8
ISBN #: 1-56839-225-7
RELEASE YEAR: 2005
PRODUCER: Connecticut Public Television
Part futuristic exhibition, part glittery strip mall, the 1964 New York World’s Fair was planned amid the optimism of the late 1950s, but the Fair’s two-year run often mirrored the chaos of the 1960s. The fair was a brawling, costly and altogether chaotic event, but few of the 52 million people who attended noticed. Acclaimed public television producer Rich Hanley draws on thedelightful memories of fairgoers who found a hope for the future, an understanding of other cultures, and a delicious Belgian waffle for just a dollar.
So jump in that old station wagon and take a ride back to the 1964 New York World’s Fair!
“Actor Judd Hirsch narrates this engaging homage to planner Robert Moses’ almost-failed dream. Combining b/w and color archive footage shot at the fair, along with contemporary interviews with adults who recall their childhood adventures at the fair, this nostalgic blast from the past is sure to trigger fond memories in viewers… sure to be popular. Recommended. Three Stars.” – Video Librarian
“From Michelangelo’s Pieta, which was on loan from the Vatican, to kitschy but dazzling Disney exhibits, the ample archival footage provides a tour, while modern commentators interpret the meaning of this so-called ‘anachronism.’ A fascinating piece of recent history.” – Booklist
“The 1964 World’s Fair took place in New York City. America was in political turmoil over civil rights issues, but the world exhibition went on as scheduled. It featured art, including Michelangelo’s Pieta; thrilling rides, informative exhibits, and food from countries all over the world in the pavilions; and demonstrations of scientific advancements from electricity to nuclear fission. Judd Hirsch hosts this look at the World’s Fair, featuring archival film clips, photographs, and the personal recollections of fairgoers” ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide