Friday, July 23, 2004

Pick of the week:

That would have to be the Harvard Film Archive's screening of Frank Capra's WWII propaganda piece "Divide and Conquer" part of his seminal "Why We Fight" series.
Capra made lavish use of German newsreel footage and even snatched up bits and pieces of Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will to forge a compelling anti-Nazi argument in film.
Screens Sunday July 25th at 7pm at the Harvard Film Archive 24 Quincy Street Cambridge Ma.

The Archive has always been a court of last resort for the lost and Channel Zero they revive the un-revivable...except they have a real budget.
I can recall with the simplest nostalgia the summer Gerald Peary was the acting curator...Betsy Sherman and I sat enthralled in that theater as the first five episodes of the 1940 serial "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" were screened in all their glory. We were the only people in was magnificent to say the least.
And that is the sort of film program all decent citizens should support!

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