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Live footage of King Alexander’s Assassination (1934)

- October 9, 2012 in assassination, collections, Films, Films: 1930s, Films: Clip, Films: Documentary, king alexander, murder, newsreel, politics

One of the most notable newsreel films in existence – footage showing the assassination of King Alexander of Yugoslavia on 9th October, 1934. While the exact moment of shooting was not captured on film, the events leading to the assassination and the immediate aftermath were. The body of the chauffeur (who had been killed instantly) became jammed against the brakes of the car, allowing the cameraman to continue filming from within inches of the King for a number of minutes afterwards. The film was later revealed to have been manipulated slightly in order to give the audience the impression that the assassination had been captured on film. Three identical gunshot sounds were added to the film afterwards, when in reality Chernozemski shot over ten times, killing or wounding a total of 15 people. The exact moment of assassination was never filmed. On Tuesday 9 October 1934 the King Alexander arrived in Marseilles to start a state visit to the Third French Republic, to strengthen the two countries’ alliance in the Little Entente. While Alexander was being driven in a car through the streets along with French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou, a gunman, Vlado Chernozemski, stepped from the street and shot [...]

The Hindenburg Explodes (1937)

- August 26, 2012 in airship, explosion, Films, Films: 1930s, Films: Documentary, Films: Short, hindenburg disaster, non-article



Dramatic Universal newsreel footage of the Hindenburg disaster which took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, when the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey. Of the 97 people on board (36 passengers, 61 crew), there were 35 fatalities; there was also one death among the ground crew. The actual cause of the fire remains unknown, although a variety of hypotheses have been put forward for both the cause of ignition and the initial fuel for the ensuing fire. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and marked the end of the airship era. (Wikipedia)

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A Farewell To Arms (1932)

- April 30, 2012 in ernest hemmingway, Films, Films: 1930s, Films: Drama, Films: Talkie, gary cooper, non-article



Film directed by Frank Borzage, and starring a young Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. The screenplay by Oliver H.P. Garrett and Benjamin Glazer is based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel by Ernest Hemingway set during World War 1 about a rebellious ambulance driver who falls in love with a nurse after drunkenly going AWOL.

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Farmer plays a song with ‘hand-farts’ (1933)

- April 17, 2012 in Films, Films: 1930s, Films: Clip, Films: Documentary, hand fart, manualist, non-article

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Universal Newsreel from 1933 showing Cecil H. Dill, a farmer from Traverse Coty, Michigan, demonstrating his ability to render popular melodies by pressing his hands together. After the performance, which seems to be of Yankee Doodle, Dill modestly tells how he discovered his unusual talent while staring rather intensely into the camera.

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    Prelinger Archive 35mm Stock Footage

    - March 21, 2012 in 35mm, Films, Films: 1920s, Films: 1930s, Films: 1940s, Films: 1950s, Films: 1960s, Films: Clip, Films: Ephemeral, non-article, prelinger archives, stock footage

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    A fantastic new collection titled “35mm Stock Footage” has recently been uploaded by the Prelinger Archive to the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Digitized into HD from 35mm original negatives and release prints dating back to the first decade of the 20th century, these unedited sequences were shot for feature films but never used. Much of the footage is “process plates” — film shot for the rear-projection screens you see out of car, taxi and train windows in old movies. Here we have included a few highlights from the bunch – above: miniature shots of a flooding river carrying away a model house and a small plane crashing in the jungle – below: various war related footage including beautiful shots of a convoy of tanks crossing a river at night under fire, and beneath that aerial footage of military planes in flight (with some athletes running round a track sneaking in at the end).





    We also recommend checking out the outtakes from these early shorts.

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