N.V. Philips gloeilampenfabrieken
Corporate film for Philips.
With the film Philips Fightbulb Factories, Philips presents itself as a modern, international company that has its own laboratory, power station, and transport service. The company also mentions that Philips produced the world’s biggest lightbulb, and that its bulbs are carefully tested and approved. Notable in the film is the detailed attention paid to the various components of the lightbulbs. Concert footage of the ‘Philip’s Harmonie’ in performance shows that Philip was proud of the many facilities it provided to its employees. The Eindhoven-based the lightbulb factory offered its workers accommodation, sports, and recreation.
Philips quickly saw the promotional possibilities of the medium of film. In the 1910s, the company already had a film made by Willy Mullens. More and more footage was then added to the original film. Over the years, Philips has made or commissioned dozens of corporate films.
B. Hogenkamp, De Nederlandse documentaire film 1920-1940, Amsterdam (1988), p. 135
B. Hogenkamp & M. Lauwers, De films van de Vereeniging Nederlandsch Fabrikaat : een filmografisch overzicht, Amsterdam (1993), p. 29