Classic "capitalist realist" drama showing the manufacture of Chevrolets from foundry to finished vehicles. Though ostensibly a tribute to the "master hands" of the assembly line workers, it seems more of a paean to the designers of this impressive mass production system. Filmed in Flint, Michigan, just months before the United Auto Workers won union recognition with their famous sitdown strikes.
Selected for the 1999 National Film Registry of "artistically, culturally, and socially significant" films.
From Dawn to Sunset 1937 Vintage Chevrolet Workers Film
This classic example of "capitalist realism" depicts a day in the life of
Chevrolet workers in the U.S., while attempting to convince them that their
own fortunes were inextricably linked to the fortunes of General Motors.
Manufacturing of Chevrolet Cars - 1936 - "Master Hands" - WDTVLIVE42
1936 educational film produced by Chevrolet to show the stages of
manufacturing their new cars - from foundry to finished vehicles. .
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Oldsmobile Factory Tour in 1951 - General Motors Documentary
Singers Lucille and Johnny, whose radio show is sponsored by Oldsmobile,
are invited to visit the Oldsmobile factory to see why the cars are
superior to other manufacturers. While touring the plant, Johnny becomes
concerned that another visitor is a Martian spy dedicated to subverting
The Cool Hot Rod (1953)
Uses narration by a teen-ager to show how a hot-rod club contributes to
safe driving through its strict membership rules and restriction of speed
runs to 'DRAG STRIPS.'.
vw beetle documentary Classic Wheels (1/3)
This documentary gives a nice overview of the history of the volkswagen
beetle. It contains unique footage of Ferdinand Porsche standing near a
pre-war beetle. Before the war this was called the KdF Wagen.
The documentary was broadcast by Discovery Channel in 2004.