Pan Am’s World, produced by Peckham Productions USA in the 1970s, is a promotional film for Pan American Airlines. The film opens with a shot of a Pan Am DC-10 jet/clipper (00:52), and the narrator tells viewers that Pan Am flies to more than 120 different places on 6 continents. Intercontinental hotels are at many of the destinations, providing luxuriously comfortable lodging. Pan Am also operates the world’s largest private communications system (01:50), connecting all the different components of Pan Am’s world. The film then showcases a handful of destinations that are part of Pan Am’s world. The first is Bali (02:43), and the film montage includes scenes of Bali’s beautiful countryside, bustling streets, traditional dances and music, sculptors and weavers, and its spectacular sunsets. The next featured location is Paris (04:03), where visitors can enjoy the Eiffel Tower, busy streets, the Arc de Triomphe, Paris’ Hotel Intercontinental, fashion districts, and culinary arts. The film then shows an airport or a manufacturing plant (05:44), followed by scenes of mechanics inspecting planes and parts, and viewers are treated to scenes inside a training cockpit (06:24). The film then moves to its next highlight, Beirut. The Beirut montage (06:49) includes footage of belly dancing, traditional Arab music, Lebanon Mountains, Roman ruins, fishing, and shopping at bazaars, as well as a few scenes of Beirut’s airport. Viewers are then taken to Sydney (08:29), with impressive shots of Sydney Harbor, what appears to be Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney’s lively streets, children observing kangaroos, the Pearl Hotel, surfing, and a sunset. Rio de Janeiro (09:39) is the next stop on the tour of Pan Am’s world. Beautiful beaches and water provide endless activities, but pools sitting on the city’s hills with stunning city views (10:00) are not to be missed; dancing, horse riding, architecture, and excursions up the Amazon are just some of the other attractions found in this Brazilian city. From Rio, viewers are taken to Tokyo (11:00), where gardens and pagodas are contrasted with neon signs adorning sky scrappers, a microcosm of the blending of the traditional and the modern in Japan’s massive capital city. In Miami (12:05), flight attendants put on makeup and then practice emergency protocols with evacuating planes. Farther out in the Caribbean, Port-au-Prince greets visitors with musical performances on steel drums, waterfalls, water sports, rum cocktails and dancing on the beach. London’s high-volume airport (14:35) is the gateway to the splendid city. Footage of London (15:17) includes Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, double-decker Routemaster buses, streets, and fountains. The film then moves to Nairobi (15:50), where attractions include visiting fishermen who continue their ancient profession, watching traditional dances on the beach, and observing the incredible wildlife. In the southeast Pacific is Tahiti (17:05), a paradise where visitors can boat, lounge on beaches, go bird watching, sip drinks at the pool, and take in incredible sunsets. The second-to-last city is Rome (18:00), with its breathtaking collection of statues and fountains, not to mention other must-see sights such as the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Vatican. The last city featured in Pan Am’s World is Hong Kong (19:20), with its boat-filled harbor, impressive city skyline, and chaotic streets.
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