The Look of America
USA, 1976
Charles and Ray Eames

16mm film reel in canister and box
13½ × 13½ × 1¼“

Much like their furniture designs, the Eames films aimed to “get the best to the most for the least…to reach the greatest number of people,” and prioritized clarity, approachability, and idealism over any romantic notions of tradition or pure innovation within the medium of film. The films were meant to have wide appeal and distilled complex ideas into efficient and orderly maxims that fit into the Eames aesthetic of simplicity, integrity and beauty of form. —Wright.

This film was made for an exhibition about the Revolutionary War put together by Yale University Gallery. It chronicles the history of America from 1750 to 1800.

Film run time: 26 minutes. Color.

(Photo: Wright)