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National Archives honors WWII-era ‘Directors At War’

In November, the National Archives Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film will hold a special screening, discussion and webcast exploring World War II-era contributions of Hollywood filmmakers.

During the Second World War, there was recognition at the highest levels of Government that the production of truly imaginative and inspiring films must be left to the talents of Hollywood’s most creative minds.

As a result, acclaimed Hollywood film directors including Frank Capra (<em>It Happened One Night</em>, <em>You Can’t Take it With You</em>), John Huston (<em>The Maltese Falcon</em>), William Wyler (<em>Wuthering Heights</em>, <em>The Little Foxes</em>), John Ford
(<em>Stagecoach</em>, <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>), and George Stevens (<em>Alice Adams</em>, <em>Gunga Din</em>) were quickly enlisted into the armed services and assigned to film units. There, they contributed to an unprecedented endeavor to document the war and inform Americans, both overseas and on the home front, of their particular stake in the war effort.

William T. Murphy, former chief of the National Archives’ Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch and a leading figure in the study and preservation of nonfiction film, will discuss this fascinating and creative period of Government-sponsored documentary film and show excerpts from the film holdings of the National Archives.

<font size=1>Source: PR Newswire</font>

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Front Page, Industry News

National Archives honors WWII-era ‘Directors At War’

In November, the National Archives Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film will hold a special screening, discussion and webcast exploring World War II-era contributions of Hollywood filmmakers.

During the Second World War, there was recognition at the highest levels of Government that the production of truly imaginative and inspiring films must be left to the talents of Hollywood’s most creative minds.

As a result, acclaimed Hollywood film directors including Frank Capra (<em>It Happened One Night</em>, <em>You Can’t Take it With You</em>), John Huston (<em>The Maltese Falcon</em>), William Wyler (<em>Wuthering Heights</em>, <em>The Little Foxes</em>), John Ford
(<em>Stagecoach</em>, <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>), and George Stevens (<em>Alice Adams</em>, <em>Gunga Din</em>) were quickly enlisted into the armed services and assigned to film units. There, they contributed to an unprecedented endeavor to document the war and inform Americans, both overseas and on the home front, of their particular stake in the war effort.

William T. Murphy, former chief of the National Archives’ Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch and a leading figure in the study and preservation of nonfiction film, will discuss this fascinating and creative period of Government-sponsored documentary film and show excerpts from the film holdings of the National Archives.

<font size=1>Source: PR Newswire</font>

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Front Page, Industry News

National Archives honors WWII-era ‘Directors At War’

In November, the National Archives Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film will hold a special screening, discussion and webcast exploring World War II-era contributions of Hollywood filmmakers.

During the Second World War, there was recognition at the highest levels of Government that the production of truly imaginative and inspiring films must be left to the talents of Hollywood’s most creative minds.

As a result, acclaimed Hollywood film directors including Frank Capra (<em>It Happened One Night</em>, <em>You Can’t Take it With You</em>), John Huston (<em>The Maltese Falcon</em>), William Wyler (<em>Wuthering Heights</em>, <em>The Little Foxes</em>), John Ford
(<em>Stagecoach</em>, <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>), and George Stevens (<em>Alice Adams</em>, <em>Gunga Din</em>) were quickly enlisted into the armed services and assigned to film units. There, they contributed to an unprecedented endeavor to document the war and inform Americans, both overseas and on the home front, of their particular stake in the war effort.

William T. Murphy, former chief of the National Archives’ Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch and a leading figure in the study and preservation of nonfiction film, will discuss this fascinating and creative period of Government-sponsored documentary film and show excerpts from the film holdings of the National Archives.

<font size=1>Source: PR Newswire</font>

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