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MOTION PICTURE HERALD
This new department will publish synopses for the teachers' information and questionnaires for the pupils on the outstanding picture or pictures. The purpose of this department is to encourage the helpful coordination of school and screen and to offer a program of constructive activity for Better for Better Films Committees, Parent-Teacher groups and various women's clubs.
A Metro Goldivyn Mayer Picture
Stars: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Rinaldo
"Trader Horn" is a triumph of photographic achievement in the jungle. Wild animals roam before the camera ■with native naturalness: gazelles, wild dogs, giraffes, hyenas and jackals, black panthers and leopards; zebras and horned rhinocieri, boa constrictors and slanting, gleaming crocodiles. The tihn follows the thread of the book by Ethelreda Lewis 'which focused the attention of the world on the strange old man whose colorful yarns of interior Africa he retold for her benefit. The Trader is accompanied by his yomtg companion, Peru, in their quest for the fair haired daughter of a missionary who was supposed to be living as a sort of "white goddess" with a fierce cannibal tribe above the Murchison Falls district "where no white man has trod."
1. Locate on the map the trip taken by Trader Horn.
2. Through what part of Africa did this trip take the adventurers?
3. In what type of boat did they travel?
4. What articles did Trader Horn buy from the natives?
5. What did he pay them for his purchases?
6. Who were his guides on these dangerous trips?
7. What kind of place did they select for their first night's camp?
8. What creatures infested the place?
9. What frightening sound did they hear throughout the day and night?
10. Locate the Murchison Falls District on the map. I I. What kind of country did they find above the falls?
12. Why did so many animals congregate in this section?
13. How many kinds of animals can you name from the picture? (This is an excellent memory test. One group of children listed thirty-five.)
14. Which were the most savage of the beasts?
15. How many kinds of birds can you recall from the picture?
16. Describe the native village.
17. What were the names of two of the tribes?
18. What is a pygmie?
19. Describe the pygmie village.
20. What was the most exciting moment of the picture?
Write a 250 word composition on: "Wild Life in the Jungle."
A Fox Feature Picture
"Berlin, the Symphony of a Big City," is a skillful and imaginatively woven picture of a city . . . its heart and its sold; its achievements, its efforts and its gaieties. "Berlin" is an effective and beautiful travelogue in flowing, story style. It opens zvith a train speeding into the German Capital, and then proceeds to shoiu without caption, or story, a day in the city's existence. The Capital arises, shutters are thrown open, and the machinery of a working day set in motion. The children walk out to school; men labor through the morning, they lunch for an hour and return to their vuork. At twilight, they set their faces toward home in anticipation of dinner and amusement in the evening.
This is the scenario of the picture. Magnificent photography and fine imaginative incidental bits give actual dra matic power. The picture is synchronized with an excellent musical score written for it by Dr. Edmund Meisal. It was conceived by Karl Mayer and Karl Freund, and was directed, brilliantly, by Walther Ruttman. "Berlin" is a tone poem of a city.
1. Where is Berlin?
2. Compare the population of Berlin with London, Paris, New York and Chicago.
3. How long a period of time does the picture cover?
4. What is the first sign of life in the city in the morning?
5. Describe the various street cars in Berlin.
6. Has the city a subway?
7. Describe the crowds going to work.
8. How many kinds of workmen did you notice?
9. Compare the traffic to the traffic in your city, or town.
10. What did the crowds do at lunch time?
11. Name ten commercial products manufactured in Berlin.
12. How was the mail delivered?
1 3. What activities of the city police did you notice?
14. Describe the people's afternoon amusements?
15. How many animals do you remember seeing in the zoo?
16. Describe the crowds coming home from work.
17. How did these people spend their evenings?
18. Are the Germans lovers of music? Why do you think so?
19. Are they a sociable people?
20. Describe the end of a city's day.
Write a 250 word composition on: "A Day in Berlin."
To the MOTION PICTURE HERALD, after a careful study, has launched the de
partment, "School and Screen," with the thought of encouraging children
I 3QCh3r better motion pictures, pictures which may be correlated In an
Important and interesting way with with classroom work In the fifh, sixth, seventh and eighth grades and first and second years in high school.