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Glas

An exuberant 1958 Oscar®-winning film about glass-blowing, automation and all that jazz

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Glas won master film maker Bert Haanstra a well-deserved Academy Award® for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film with a bebop heart, its lyrical use of light and sound still looks and sounds fabulous, nearly 60 years after it was made.

Director: Bert Haanstra

Producer: Bert Haanstra

Editor: Government of the Netherlands

  • Ty Gbsn

    What an inspiring film. This should be considered a textbook example of the rhythmic sensibilities necessary to cut effectively. Great juxtaposition of the free flowing traditional glassblowing techniques accompanied by jazz followed by the mind numbing, robotic and flawed glassworks factory.

  • JAG

    In checking multiple data bases, including IMDB, I failed to find "Glas" even nominated, let alone winning an Oscar in 1958 or 1959.

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