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The Production of a Map
The Production of a Map

The Production of a Map 1917


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The Production of a Map 1917

7 mins United Kingdom

Worlds within worlds: this WWI-era visit to a leading globes and maps manufacturer is informative and entrancing. Specialising in non-fiction 'interest films', production company Kineto had an especially well-honed mastery of industrial process films. A 20th century upgrade of the traditional onsite factory tour, it was a formula that could be applied to almost any industry: a lucrative trade, as increasingly many firms could see the publicity value of film.

This film, shot at and presumably sponsored by mapmakers George Philip & Co, is a nigh-perfect example: filmmaking that's economical and engrossing, meticulous and mesmerising. Step-by-step, workroom-by-workroom, the doors open on a world that looks fresh and current through the eyes of 1917, extinct and archaic through ours. You'll never look at Google Maps the same way again.




Lithography Cartography


1917 on film




United Kingdom



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