"Lincoln Part I: The End and the Beginning" is the first of five parts on the life of Abraham Lincoln starts with Lincoln's second Inaugural on March 4, 1865, his assassination and his death. Author James Agee's poetry contributes to the moving portion, "The Journey Home" when the play turns to the beginning in a Kentucky cabin in February 12, 1809. The second segment "The Telephone" is a brief and humorous operatic sketch by Gian Carlo Menotti, about a young woman who preferred to converse with her lover through the telephone rather than face to face. Starring Edith Gordon and Andrew Gainey. The third segment "Leonardo Da Vinci" is a condensation of an Italian feature length film which documents some of his achievements through various paintings, drawings and models. The fourth segment "Lonely Hearts Ballet" number by the Paris Ballet. The gaiety of a lonely hearts club dance is disrupted first by the entry of a handsome young man and later by two police officials who pursue him. The fifth segment is an educational sequence on the Flagg Dog Training School. The sixth segment is an exploration and the invention of plastics began when a substitue for natural ivory was required. A demonstration at the Princeton University Plastics laboratory explains briefly the history, construction and utilization of different types of plastics.moreless
1) The first segment "Androcles and the Lion" adapted by Andrew K. Lewis and based on George Bernard Shaw's play is about a slave who is saved by the mercy of a lion. Starring Bert Lahr.
2) The second segment "The Silent World" Louis Malle and Jacques Cousteau who screened his first undersea adventure on American television excerpts from the brilliant documentary about oceanic fish.
3) The third segment has actor Christopher Plummer, choreographer Agnes DeMille and Leonard Bernstein exploring the field of musical comedy.