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Benchmark Films

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Works: 172 works in 345 publications in 1 language and 1,264 library holdings
Genres: History  Classification 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: HD6515.P67, 331.8811385220973
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Publications about Benchmark Films
Publications by Benchmark Films
Most widely held works by Benchmark Films
Miles of smiles, years of struggle ( visu )
4 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 47 libraries worldwide
Chronicles the organizing of the first black trade union -- the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Describes the harsh conditions which lay behind the porters' smiling service. Narrator Rosina Tucker, a 100-year old union organizer and porter's widow, describes how, after a 12-year struggle led by A. Philip Randolph, the porters won the first contract ever negotiated with black workers
Clothing and fashion: a history ( visu )
10 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
Uses animation to survey the evolution of fashions in clothing from Egyptian times until today. Reveals how social status, conformity, and vanity influence changes in style
Baobab, portrait of a tree ( visu )
4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
Looks at the baobab trees that grow in the dry bush country of Africa and shows the ecosystem created by them
The immune response and immunization ( visu )
5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
Explains how the immune system functions, visualized with animation
Castles of clay by Alan Root( visu )
7 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Shows the life cycle of a termite mound in Africa and how the termites affect the African landscape as well as the animals that use the termites and their mound as a source of food or shelter
The Beginning of life ( visu )
9 editions published between 1966 and 1990 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
Documents the stages in the growth of the human embryo inside the womb, through the fetal stages of cellular growth to birth
The glassmakers of Herat by Elliott Erwitt( visu )
6 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Tells how, until recently, archaeologists could only speculate about how ancient glassware had been made and of the discovery of two glassmakers in Herat, Afghanistan, who make glass the same way described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets. Shows the glassmaking process and the way of life of the craftsmen
Fungi ( visu )
4 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Explains the variety, physiology, feeding, reproduction, and function in the earth's ecosystem of fungi
Protista: protozoa and algae ( visu )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Uses high magnification photography to examine protistans, or single-cell organisms. The variety of protozoans studied are classified into four groups, according to their method of locomotion. Among algae, which are divided largely by color into six groups, the green are investigated
Mzima, portrait of a spring ( visu )
6 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 29 libraries worldwide
Shows how, in the midst of the arid Tsavo National Park in Kenya, underwater springs support and nourish a wide variety of animal life. Examines the short ribbon of water teeming with life in the midst of a dry and thirsty landm a place call Mzima
William Faulkner's Mississippi ( visu )
6 editions published between 1965 and 2004 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Examines the southern heritage of William Faulkner, and explores the underlying reasons and the results of the resistance to desegregation by the people of Mississippi and of the South, as interpreted in Faulkner's writings
Elsa and her cubs ( visu )
4 editions published between 1970 and 1984 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Presents a photographic account of the friendship between a wild lioness and George and Joy Adamson. Includes scenes of the lioness and her three cubs relaxing in camp and of the lioness learning to hunt for herself and showing off her cubs
The Five kingdom classification ( visu )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Summary: Discusses the five classifications of living creatures and how they developed from the original first two (plants and animals)
Lights, action, Africa! ( visu )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Wildlife filmmakers Joan and Alan Root show the excitement and danger involved in their work in East Africa exploring habits and habitats of many wild birds, insects, and animals
The Year of the wildebeeste ( visu )
6 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Follows a herd of some one million wildebeest as the animals travel on a 2,000 mile migration in Tanzania in search of grass and water during the dry summer months. Shows the immense herds of antelope, zebra, giraffe, and buffalo accompanying the wildebeest, as well as the predators that prey on the herds
The Paramecium ( visu )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Shows the paramecium's physiology, internal structures and functions, defenses, and adaptations
Slime molds plasmodial and cellular ( visu )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
The slime molds are recognized by botanists as fungi and by zoologists as protista. This film explains the complex life cycles of the slime molds and the influence of environmental factors on stages in the life cycles
Genetic engineering and protein synthesis ( visu )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Provides fundamental knowledge of the major principles of genetic engineering
From protistans to first multicellular animals ( visu )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Shows how protistans organize into algal and protozoan colonies and how cell specialization increases in simple animals
Together they stand by Simon Trevor( visu )
4 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Studies a colony of personable dwarf mongooses in East Africa: social organization, raising young, predators
 
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