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Four Hours a Year: The Making of 'The March of Time'

Year: 1974, 58 mins
Code: CAT-Four

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"The March of Time" newsreel series covered the news for motion picture audiences before television, 1935 to 1951.

This documentary features interviews with its creative team of Louis de Rochemont, producer, Maury Wiseman, film editor, Jack Glen, director, Lothar Wolff, editor.

Topics include reporting styles, logistical difficulties with big 35 mm. cameras and huge lights, the use of re-enactments, technical details for a "natural look", lack of zooms or panning, flat lighting, wide angle lens and distortion; the difference between the "truth of yesterday and the truth of today and how truth in film is perishable," and the influence of "The March of Time" on today's television journalism. With many excerpts from the newsreel series.

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