Documentary about the benefits of European co-operation. c. 1948
Programme for the International Festival of Music and Drama - Edinburgh 1948. (Edinburgh Festival) An Orchestra from Rome. Vienna. Poster for Tate Gallery exhibition of Art Treasures from Vienna. Inside the gallery. Lots of people look at the exhibit. "Things of beauty rise above the barriers of language". Paintings. Industry. Precision watches being manufactured in England. Very small parts being assembled. Sign reads N F S Operation Fen. Holland comes to the rescue of the Fens when they were flooded "two winters ago". Shots of the flooding. Boats and machinery being used to clear the water. Map of Europe. History of attempts for European Unity. Henry IV of France, William Penn etc. Treaties are shown. Forgotten proposals. Aristide Briand Foreign Minister of France worked hard for European Union.
Building of the League of Nations. Crowds of people. Applauding and listening to speeches. A song is sung. Hard to make out the language. Churchill makes speech about uniting of Europe. L'Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Meeting of nations. Mr Bevin makes a speech. Big Ben. Meeting in 1949 of foreign ministers. Britain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Statute of the Council of Europe signed at St James' Palace.
Strasbourg: street scenes. Foreign ministers meet at Town Hall. Consultative Assembly meets at the University. Flags fly and we see inside the conference. Tourists looking at the view from the cathedral.
Children look down on the rooftops while majestic speech is made by narrator about Europe.