France & England.
Various shots of the girls working in the office with files surrounding them, file being taken out of drawer. MS. Racks of film cans in a film library in France. CU. Hand taking roll of film out of can. MS. Flashback to 1895 and short piece of film taken by the Lumiere Brothers. Various flashback shots to the short news film of life in China in 1911. MS. Scene from 1911 fiction film called 'The Duel' showing two men having quarrel over woman. CU. Two pieces of film, one nitrate the other safety film. The nitrate is set alight and burns quickly, the safety is hardly touched by the flames. CU. Nitrate film that has become unstable over the years. Various flashback shots to 1942 and film of the Warsaw Ghetto. Very poor quality due to damage on the film. Film shows children being searched for food. CU. Book on the preservation of film. Various shots of the modern offices of the National Film Archive in London. Various shots of the exteriors of their modern film vaults, Aston Clinton. Various shots of the people at work in the film vaults, checking cans of film and keeping a check on temperature and humidity in the vaults. Various shots of sample piece of film being punched out of frame and put into a test tube. This sample goes away to a laboratory for testing, stability, etc. GV. Exterior of the very old vaults of the French archive. GV. Exterior of the very modern block which now houses the French Archive outside Paris. Various shots inside the vaults showing how the film is stored.
Date found in the old record - 15/03/1968.