Zeitgeist – Vintage Film
Archival film reels that tell a story. Historical stock footage from the 20th century…
This month, the much anticipated movie “The Imitation Game” with Benedict Cumberbatch will be released. The story is about Alan Turing, the British computer scientist who helped crack the Enigma coder during World War II and was instrumental to the defeat of the Germans by decoding their secret messages.
Although the film focuses on the British Bombe an electromechanical device designed by Alan Turing we should not forget that it took a number of scientists to crack one machine, the Enigma.
The Enigma machines were invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius. The German military Enigma machine became a powerful weapon during WWII for all communications. They were used for enciphering and deciphering secret messages. Not all were used for military purposes, although the public interest and curiosity revolves around the military machines which can be found on display in museums around the world.
About 3 years ago I was contacted by Mary Riley about having Framepool represent their Oscar winning collections. We were of course floored! With 5 Academy Award nominations and 2 Oscar wins, the Theatrical Short Subject Series were produced from 1935 to 1950 and premiered as one of Paramount Pictures biggest theatrical feature films of the day.
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Almost 25 years after the opening of the Berlin Wall, there are still new images of this historic event. Framepool has recently acquired great footage that was shot the day after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. There are real testimonials from the people of East and West Germany. The joy of this important moment in German history has been captured and preserved for posterity. These images can now be licensed for the first time at Framepool.
We have created a shotlist from the images seen in our trailer yet there is much more material from this event in our online-shop.
50 Years ago Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam after Congress passed the ‘Gulf of Tonkin Resolution’ giving the president power to use any degree of military force in Southeast Asia without having to ask for an official declaration of war. Thereby increasing the number of American troops from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to over 550,000 with many in combat roles by 1968.
“It will be there when peace comes to us – and so will we. Not with soldiers and planes, not with bombs and bullets but with all the wondrous weapons of peace in the 20th century. And then, perhaps, together, all of the people in the world can share that gracious task with all the people of Viet-nam, North and South alike.”
Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson addression the association of American Cartoonist on the US policy in South Vietnam. Reaffirming the US policy and talking about a peaceful Vietnam, once the fighting can be brought to an end.
The Apollo-Program was one of the most ambitious projects of the 20th century. But the moon landing was not only a big event for space travel, but also for Television. The live broadcast on July 20, 1969 broke many records for the attendance and the longest live broadcast. To remember this milestone in human history, we scanned and published this film about the moon landing made by NASA.
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program.
Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the late US President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the United States Congress, “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
The film “D-Day To Germany” was shot from June to November 1944 by the cinematographer Jack Lieb, who was working as war correspondent for the newsreel News of the Day. Twenty-five years later, Lieb recorded spoken narration. Lieb shot silent color footage of the “Operation Overlord” with his own 16mm camera. His commentary create a unique, personal recollection of that momentous time. He had used a 35mm black and white camera to film war coverage for the newsreels and his 16mm home movie camera to shoot color film to show to his family back home. After the war, Lieb edited the color footage.
The film starts with images from London shot in May 1944. Lieb then joins a group of war correspondents at the south coast of England that will cover the invasion. Personalities such as Larry LeSueur from CBS, Wharton Becker, Jack Thompson of the Chicago Tribune, Scripps-Howard Newspapers’ Ernie Pyle, Larry O’Riley of Associated Press, Clark Lee of INS and Chicago Daily News’ William Stoneman, Edward G. Robinson, Bob Landry, Robert Capa and others appear. The correspondents made their way to Franc together with the 101 Airborne Division.
Lieb landed on Utah Beach after the fighting was over. He added some british footage, shot with an automated camera to his film, that shows the landing of the first troops in Normandy. The footage shows some moments when the war correspondents and soldiers had down time, but the job was not safe or easy. His correspondent colleagues Ernie Pyle and Bill Stringer, that you can see in the film, were killed. Jack Liebs film shows scenes from the liberation of Paris and the campaign in France and in Aachen. Lieb returned safely to the States, half a year before the fighting in Europe came to an end. The scenes from Berlin were added from newsreel clips to his film.
Jack Lieb ends his comment that one day we will learn how to avoid wars!
This newsreel footage produced in Germany by the US Group Control Council (USGCC) in August 1945 shows the loading of looted art in Berchtesgaden and Neuschwanstein Castle.
In June 1945 the Munich Central Collecting Point was opened in the former Nazi Party Headquarters close to the Königsplatz downtown Munich. Central Collecting Points were established in Munich and Wiesbaden, to house and sort the thousands of works of art being found by Monuments Men in repositories across Southern Germany, and the Central Collecting Point in Munich was designated to primarily hold ERR (Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg) loot, Hitler and Goering’s collections, and other masterpieces found in Berchtesgaden, Neuschwanstein and the Altaussee salt mine.
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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King – one of the greatest political leaders of 20th century. King helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. More than 250.000 participants made the March on Washington in August 1963 to the greatest demonstration for civil rights and freedom that America had ever seen so far.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character – I have a dream today.” In 1968 King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Today we see that this dream is about to come true. The fight for civil rights goes on every day but many things have changed. Fifty years after the March and 45 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King America has the first African American to hold the office. “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
The stock footage has been shot on 16mm film and transferred to HD by Framepool. Framepool can offer more HD stock footage clips about Martin Luther King for online licensing.
One my first political memories at the age of 8 years relates to John F. Kennedy. Berlin and Dallas 1963. A heroe that died and remained a legend. Forever young. We want to pay tribute to President John F. Kennedy with this video made from our archive.