Looking Through Glass - The Manufacture of Glass

'Britain has attained a leading position in the manufacture of glass. Sand purification is carried out on a considerable scale. There are shots of furnaces, of bubbling molten glass, of glass being ground and polished and of the cutters at work. Scientific instruments and perfectly balanced lenses are made in Britain today.' [1]

Date: 1943
Duration: 17:14

Director: Cecil Musk
Production Company: Merton Park
Producer: -
Cinematographer: A.T. Dinsdale
Composer: Leslie Bridgewater (Biography)
Narration: -
Editor: Cath Miller
Sound Recording: Al Rhind

Length: 35mm: 1340ft. 16mm: 536ft.

Looking Through Glass
Certificate: U
Distributors: M.G.M.
Producers: Merton Park Studios
1634ft / 18mins
Documentary of the glass-making industry. Produced for the British Council. [2]

Still from 'Looking Through Glass' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50
Looking Through Glass
Production: Produced by Merton Park Studios
Description: Direct photography with commentary.
Teaching Notes: Not available.
Distributors: The Central Film Library, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, SW7
Distributors' Cat. Ref.: U.K. 120
Owner of U.K. Rights: British Council
Conditions of Supply: Loaned free of charge.
Contents: After an introduction showing the uses of glass in many and varied ways, this film then shows a craftsman making an intricate glass vase, emphasizing [sic] that fact that, though machinery can now do many things in the glass industry, a wide field remains for the craftsman. The film continues with a sequence on the making of thermometers and describes how a special Department of Research at Sheffield is constantly making tests on various problems affecting the manufacture of glass. The film ends with a description of the manufacture of plate glass, electric lamps, bottles, lenses and optical instruments.
Appraisal: this stimulating film gives an excellent introduction to the study of the manufacture of glass and relates clearly the part played by the craftsmen, both alone and in relation to mechanical processes. The film is well edited and the story runs smoothly. It would be of use to art students and for the purpose of general education.
16mm. Sd.
2 reels. [3]
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50
  2. ^ Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
    New Short Films Issued between July 21 and August 20 [1944]//**
  3. ^ Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
    31st July 1945
    Educational Films
    Arts and Crafts//**