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Telephone (Abstract)

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Telephone (Abstract)

Early avant-garde short from the GPO, encouraging use of the telephone in an emergency.

Advert 1934 2 mins

Overview

This early short from the GPO Film Unit trumpets the power of the telephone in an emergency, situating this modern marvel in a historical tradition of warning devices alongside the tom-toms of primitive man and the bonfires of the Middle Ages. The GPO favoured experimental filmmakers and artists such as Len Lye, and while this film isn’t credited to a particular director, it references this avant-garde tradition in its modernist montage of stark typography, animation and oblique soundscape.