ALCF James Kilgore Films Clip 5221
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The Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC) is part of the Nashville Metro Archives. The project is funded by the Nashville Public Library Foundation and is located at the Nashville Public Main Branch in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Nashville, Tennessee native and lifelong resident, James Kilgore (1919-2014) was an avid amateur filmmaker who began shooting film at age 14. He served in Italy during WWII and spent most of his post-war life working for the Department of Transportation and continuing to shoot home movies, and amateur travelogues and documentaries, and several narrative films throughout the following decades. Kilgore is believed to have been a member of the Amateur Cinema League, the oldest amateur filmmaker’s club in the United States and his zeal for the technology of film is evidenced by his use of sound and color film. Major themes in Kilgore’s work include short narrative fiction films, recordings of family travels and local events, documentation of his experience during WWII, and footage of his church’s works and activities.
(0:24) Close on poster for “The 1982 World’s Fair.” (0:30) A group of elderly people getting onto a bus. An old man smokes and drinks a cup of coffee. Somebody says “get on this bus.” (0:45) A shot directly facing the front of the Trailways Bus, parked in a parking lot of a small town. (0:48) Shot of the inside of the moving bus, good view of people’s faces. A woman walks down the aisle with a box of something (cigarettes?) offering them to the people. Random chatter from the passengers can be heard. A charming orchestrated soundtrack enters from the right channel. (1:04) A woman on the bus displays a map, saying “where do you want to go first?” (1:14) A man (Kilgore?) sits in the front of the bus with a microphone, addressing the camera. He says “Welcome aboard the (cuts out) headed for the 1982 World’s Fair. We’ll be there!”
(1:25) The passengers disembark in a parking lot. There’s a faint voiceover: “We arrived at the fair’s north gate after a three hour journey.” (1:34) A young employee in sunglasses stands in front of the information booth holding up programs. (1:40) We get a shot of the fair’s iconic Sunsphere (https://www.visitknoxville.com/things-to-do/tours/sunsphere/) as well as some chairlift gondolas going over a lake. The fair is full of people. A loud score takes over. (2:03) A zoom-out shot of the immense crowd at the fair. A female singer, live at the fair, can be faintly heard.
(2:12) A screen with the word “Japan” on it and a shifting graphic of waves. Traditional Japanese music can be heard. (2:26) A green sign advertising a “Painting Robot” and the robot itself! Labelled ARMSTAR, it is a giant robotic arm painting a Japanese character. You can actually buy some of these paintings online (https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-1982-worlds-fair-tokico-1920764130). (3:00) Poster for the “Sail-aided Tanker ‘Shin Aitoku Maru,” as well as a large model of the ship itself (https://www.upi.com/Archives/1980/12/24/Japans-modern-tanker-uses-sails-to-carry-oil-products-to-ChinaNEWLNSaves-even-more-energy-than-expected/6016346482000/). (3:17) A large model of a new way to power a city with damns and a diagram of energy sources. There’s a voiceover from the exhibit: “Energy will be generated with a combination of LNG and advanced gas turbines. Moreover, cold energy derived from LNG, minus 160 degrees Centigrade, is utilized at the same time.” (3:37) Close on a large Rubik’s Cube.
(3:43) An American flag at the top of a structure marking “The Budweiser Clydesdale Pavilion.” There’s a giant cart at the base bearing the Budweiser name. (3:58) A horse gate labelled “Six-Pack” and one of the Clydesdales (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Clydesdales). (4:15) A sign for an eating establishment. A few rows of covered tables in front of red buildings. (4:19) An Elvis impersonator performs with his band at one of the covered dining areas. The music changes to something rockier.
(4:35) The music returns to orchestral whimsy. We see a family wading at the edge of a pool of water in the middle of the fair. The camera zooms out to show the large scale of the area. (4:45) Three people sit and talk on a unique looking yellow raft floating through the fair. (5:00) A shot of the stage of the “Folklife Festival” where a bluegrass band performs (http://www.worldcat.org/title/folklife-festival-the-1982-worlds-fair-may-october-1982-program/oclc/23437697). A voiceover faintly enters: “-and its popular Southern Appalachian folk music.”
(5:27) A tall poll adorned with small scenes next to a building labelled “Strohaus.” Voiceover: “After miles of walking through countless exhibits, it felt good to relax at the Strohaus, a Bavarian garden type of restaurant which was a mecca for mirth and merrymaking.” (5:39) A longer shot of the exterior of the restaurant, which used to be known as “The Foundry” (https://insideofknoxville.com/2014/01/the-foundry-and-the-southern-railway-freight-depot/). (5:44) Dark interior shot of the restaurant where customers and waitstaff dance to a band playing “The Hokey Pokey.” (7:07) Waitstaff perform the “Chicken Dance.”
(8:14) A sign for the Philippines. Voiceover: “Culture was exhibited in the costumes and songs of native entertainers.” (8:18) Filipino performers onstage performing traditional music, a large crowd watching them. (9:29) A bright orange building marked as the “EC European Community.” The camera pans to a large flame-shaped sculpture comprised of numerous cubes, matching the design on the building. Voiceover: “This figure is a symbol of the European Economic Community, which unites 10 nations in a common goal to improve and sustain economic wellbeing in Europe, guaranteed peace among its members, and help other nations with trade and aid” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Community).
(10:01) A fire-eater prepares to eat fire but blows out the torch, “you think I’m crazy? Here we go!” He proceeds to eat the flames of the next torch, “this really burns me up.” (10:21) A sign for the Mexico exhibit. Voiceover: “The past glories of Mexico were recalled by likenesses of ancient gods which adorn the facade of its pavilion.” (10:26) Details of various examples of these stone carvings. (10:44) A banner for the Elm Tree Theatre, sponsored by Terminix. The camera pans to the amphitheater where performers are stretching.
(11:11) The bright blue facade of the Eastern Caribbean pavilion. Voiceover: “The unique attraction from the Eastern Caribbean was a steel band who play on oil drums shaped, polished, and tuned into fine musical instruments.” (11:23) The steel band performing on stage beneath a painting of a parrot. (11:38) The Korea pavilion in the distance (the Saudi Arabian pavilion can be seen behind it). (11:43) Voiceover: “The beauty and pageantry of Korea were brought to (cuts out) by that country’s traditional folk dancers, glimpsed here on their way to a performance.” Three Korean performers in traditional dress carry drums and walk down the path. (11:58) The Saudi Arabia pavilion with a circular photo arrangement surrounding a map of the country. Voiceover: “With the theme of ‘eternal values in a dynamic nation,’ Saudi Arabia reflected on its past and looked toward its future.” (12:11) Voiceover: “This natural silk cloth is called a (not sure) covering the House of God in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Verses from the Q’aran are embroidered in Arabic letters (not sure) calligraphy with gilt-plated sterling silver thread.”
(12:30) Shot of flag twirlers and a marching band, a horse-drawn carriage following behind them. Two pig mascots follow the carriage, dancing and entertaining the crowd, probably advertising a restaurant. (13:22) Men in suits with no pants bike around carriages of women in old style dress. (13:43) A clown on a unicycle juggles pins. (13:51) Shot of a large American flag hanging at the large US Pavilion. The camera zooms in on a wind turbine in the center of the lake. Voiceover: “This is the United States Pavilion, facing the waters of the World Lake and situated at the center of the 72-acre exhibition. The aluminum industry’s vertical axis wind turbine uses curved rotor blades which allow it to accept wind from any direction. Once started by a motor in its base, a wind speed of 14 mph will keep it producing a low-cost energy.” (14:25) Shot of the Sunsphere and people wading in the lake.
(14:33) American performers in cowboy costumes perform dances for a large audience. (15:05) A shot of the street in the exhibition from above. A large group of windmills are bunched together by a building. Voiceover: “The family of windmills symbolize the need for decentralized energy sources, a portion of the Australian exhibit.” (15:11) Shot of the windmills in front of the Australia pavilion.
(15:15) A post marking the China pavilion. (15:19) A shot of the large entry gate to the China pavilion. Voiceover: “Pre-fabricated in Peking with enameled wooden panels, this 54-foot tower guided the visitors to the China Pavilion.” (15:28) Shots of various glass cases containing Chinese sculptures and vases. Voiceover: “Artifacts of ancient splendor gave the viewer a rare opportunity to observe the culture of a country which had never before participated in a World’s Fair. (16:29) A shot of a pile of bricks inscribed with Chinese characters. Voiceover: “This is an actual portion of the Great Wall of China, one of the original 7 Wonders of the World.” (16:49) Shot of a terra cotta statue. Voiceover: “And recently, excavations revealed a 2000 year old terra cotta likeness of an ancient Chinese warrior.” (16:57) Various shots of silk sheets and clothing, as well as Chinese paintings and sculptures. (17:52) Shot of guests departing the China pavilion.
(18:00) A view of an area full of carnival rides, including a ferris wheel. Voiceover: “Officially called the Family Fun Fair, the World’s Fair’s amusement area contains the usual midway excitements, plus one of the world’s largest ferris wheels, carrying its riders 162 feet above the fair grounds for a spectacular view of the fair site and the Tennessee River.” (18:06) Shot of the ferris wheel from below. (18:22) View from inside the ferris wheel car is it rises above the fairgrounds. (18:36) A view from above of a boat on the river. (18:38) Back to the ferris wheel car, Sunsphere in the distance. A woman in the cart remarks on the beautiful view. Kilgore asks someone how they like the fair and they say they liked China the best. (19:04) Back on the ground, we get a view of the swinging Peter Pan ride.
(19:27) The people accompanying Kilgore look at a map as they choose the next place to look. The woman is carrying a Philippines bag. (19:33) A street in the fair lined by country flags. (19:39) A shot of the chairlift station as gondolas come and depart. Voiceover: “The quickest and most comfortable way to get from one end of the fair to the other is the chairlift.” (19:44) View from the chairlift. Kilgore’s friends wave from the chairlift in front of him. Some views of the park from the chairlift.
(20:01) Female clog dancers dance on stage in red dresses. Voiceover: “Clog dancers from Davidson County, North Carolina. They represent energy in action!” (20:41) Sign for “The Biggest Little Show on Earth.” (20:45) Shots of the model circus, made up of hundreds of detailed models. Voiceover: “Tiny but terrific, the best way to describe this one half inch scale model of a circus whose hand carved characters meticulously reproduce circus posters. (Kilgore flubs a line here) They did present a faithful reproduction of life under the big top.”
(22:18) It is now nighttime. We get a shot of the wind turbine spinning in the dark. Voiceover: “Thousands of tiny lights turn night at the fair into a twinkling fairy land as laser beams projected a fast paced show of swirling colors onto the facade of the Federal Express building and wrote their greeting of welcome in many languages.” (22:27) We see red lasers spell out the name of Federal Express before shifting into the expressions of greeting and finally the logo of the fair. (23:27) It is dark and a bit difficult to make out details. A futuristic looking Federal Express vehicle drives slowly by. Voiceover: “the Energy Express blaring its catchy musical theme and flashing colored lights meander through the streets of the fair.” (http://www.timidfutures.com/2013/04/worlds-fair-wednesday-1982-energy-express/)
(24:09) Shot of fireworks going off over the Sunsphere. Voiceover: “The day ended with a traditional demonstration of spectacular fireworks and many pleasant memories of the 1982 World’s Fair.”
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