Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The March of Time Comes to MoMA

This whole having a job thing is putting more of a damper on my blogging than I would have thought. But during my bits of downtime, I do get to read, which is what I did yesterday, and I found out that MoMA will be paying a tribute to the historic newreel series "The March of Time".

Ah, yes, those were the days. The dime you paid to go to the movies got you news, one crap movie and one good movie. "The March of Time", which ran from 1931 to 1951, stood out as a series because there was a strong narrative (which some would argue bordered on propoganda, especially during WWII). In one of my classes, we watched a March of Time feature that told us World War II was about fighting so towheaded boys could play football and freckled girls could play with dolls.

Here is a clip of a documentary that discusses a (in)famous March of Time reel "Inside Nazi Germany".

Newsreels are so interesting because they tell us so many things that, under the Code, you weren't supposed to talk about, at least not in movies. It's too bad they're so hard to track down.

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