This post was written by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. In this post, Heidi answers a frequently asked question. When you watch NARA’s video for The March on YouTube the first thing you see […]
Posted by Audrey Amidon on March 19, 2014, under Conservation, Digitization, Motion Pictures, Preservation.
This week in Universal News, the New Year is celebrated in the United States and Cuba. 1933 would be the year that Prohibition was repealed, although the festivities evident in this story certainly do not seem lacking. From the release sheet: BIG CITIES CELEBRATE AS 1932 PASSES OUT; GAILY WELCOME 1933 Unprecedented whoppee and revelry […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on December 31, 2013, under Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection.
Before the advent of televised network news programs and the 24 hour news cycle on cable and the internet, newsreels were one of the main sources people had for news. One of five major newsreel companies, Universal Studios produced and released newsreels which were shown in movie theaters, twice a week, from 1929 until 1967. Each release usually […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on December 30, 2013, under Motion Pictures, Preservation, Reference, Universal News Collection.
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the 110th anniversary of “The Great Train Robbery,” a film that pioneered editing techniques that are so commonplace as to be invisible to viewers today and is acknowledged as the first example of modern film fiction narrative. But this wasn’t the only important innovation taking place in […]
Posted by Audrey Amidon on December 16, 2013, under Motion Pictures, Preservation.
In honor of Fire Prevention month, we’ll have several posts about records relating to fire prevention. In our previous post I introduced the real Smokey Bear. In addition to that film the National Archives Motion Picture Branch also holds many public service announcements (PSAs) related to forest fire prevention. They were created by the Ad […]
Posted by Laurel on November 5, 2013, under Motion Pictures, Preservation.
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