Film: Bread Posted September 4, 2020 by Ross Atwood

Charles Eames believed that you could tell more about a nation’s quality by its bread and soup than by its museums and concert halls.

In 1953, Charles and Ray made a 6-minute and 30-second film slideshow, shot in color on 16mm, titled “Bread.” The film required no narration, as it sufficiently told a rich visual story and, in Charles’s words, taught the audience: “the way bread is used in nutrition, bread as an art, bread as a political tool, bread as a symbol.” Carla Hartman, granddaughter of Charles and Ray, and Eames Office Director of Education, introduces the film and provides a fascinating story at its conclusion.