This mid-1960s black and white film opens with a DC-8 Pan American airplane as Pan Am sponsored this educational travelogue, German Edition. 500 cubic centimeter dirt-track motorcycle racers compete for the 1964 Blue Ribbon in Munich. Last minute repairs are made in the pits to the bikes, which run on pure methyl alcohol. Close-ups are shown of bike parts. A racer puts on his helmet and goggles. The race begins. A biker falls over. The crowd tries to avoid the dirt being sprayed in their faces. The winners are shown (:17-2:19). Prefabricated house and building parts are shown being made in a factory in West Germany. Pre-fabricated window walls are hoisted by crane into storage and onto special transport trucks. A crane swings them into a place on an apartment building. Additional sections are shown being put into place. The finished housing is shown (2:20-4:54). Members of the German Federal government and West German Parliament representatives arrive in Berlin for economic discussions. A signs reads 15 Jahre DDR. West Berlin residents wait in line to obtain a pass to East Berlin. Passport documents are shown. People walk past the barbed wire at the Berlin wall. Tourists visit a house in which a tunnel was dug to West Germany, through which multiple people escaped using a winch to come up on the West Germany side. Live footage is shown during the escape. The tunnel was discovered by East German police after 54 men, women, and children escaped (4:55-7:48). The Mexican State Ballet Company performed in Berlin. The dancers are shown getting into costume and makeup applied. The Mexican Hat Dance is shown being performed (7:49-9:10). A Pan AM DC-8 arrives and is guided to the gate by grounds crew. Pilots and stewardesses deplane the Jet Clipper Intrepid and are congratulated for miles flown at the Flughafen Hamburg airport (9:11-10:00). A large photography exhibit “What is Man?” is shown in Essen. Some photos shown are of love, age, and death. Some show graphic attacks on people while others feature smiling children (10:01-11:20). The parade of male horses is shown at La Silla. A horse is commanded to lie down and other riders on horses jump over it. Other compete for the crowd in Roman chariot races. A coach is led by a ten-horse team. A quadrille (dressage) performance is shown (11:21-12:45).
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