Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our Mr. Sun (1956 film directed by Frank Capra)

Our Mr. Sun is a one-hour American 1956 television film in Technicolor written, produced, and directed by Frank Capra. It is a documentary that explains how the Sun works and how it also plays a huge part in human life. It was first televised by CBS in 1956.

The film opens with Dr. Research (Dr. Frank C. Baxter) and the Writer (Eddie Albert) meeting Father Time (Lionel Barrymore) and Mr. Sun (Marvin Miller) who explain that time started a few billion years ago and that the Sun is a star. Mr. Sun explains that he was worshipped as various gods (Shamash, Mithra, Ra and Apollo) until Anaxagoras proclaimed the Sun was a very hot stone and not a god. Logic and reasoning were the beginning of the end of worshiping the Sun as algebra and the astrolabe were used to study the heavens. (from

Related Links:
Secrets of the Sun
The Planets - Star

1 comment:

  1. I love this site. I just happened across it and I will be back frequently, as we home school. I am going to feature Documentaries Plus on my site tomorrow, Friday January 25.