The Story of time

United Kingdom, 1950

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Part animated film dramatising man’s attempts over the centuries to measure time. Sun worshippers measured the hours by the shades of obelisk and sun-dial; the first clocks were worked by the elements - such as the sand glass, the Chinese fire clock, and the Persian water clock. The mechanical clocks and pocket watches of the last two centuries are symbolised by a ballet of pendulums, leading to the precision instruments that are the clocks and watches of the present day, measuring time with great accuracy.



Jan Coolen


Robert Leffingwell

production company

Signal Films


No spoken word





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