Summer Films at the National Archives
Press Release · Thursday, May 27, 1999

Washington, DC

In July and August, the National Archives presents film screenings relating to Women's History, director Elia Kazan, and the National Archives major exhibition Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives.

The screenings will be held in the theater of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and in the auditorium the National Archives at College Park, which is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the National Archives at College Park. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (201)501-5000. The hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information.

PLEASE NOTE: The theater at the downtown National Archives Building is equipped with a system that allows the hearing-impaired to use a set of headphones, or neck loop and a small receiver, to enhance the volume of the public address system. Visitors may request these devices in the projection booth.

Washington, DC Events:


Thursday, July 8—The Holocaust
Fotoamator (Photographer), released in 1998. This film is an extraordinary document of life in the Lodz Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. The film uses a remarkable, recently discovered collection of color slides made by Walter Genewein, the Ghetto's chief Nazi accountant. Genewein's pictures are juxtaposed with the voice of the film's narrator, Arnold Mostowics, a Jewish medical doctor who survived the Lodz Ghetto and concentration camps. In Polish and German with English subtitles. Produced and directed by Dariusz Jablonski.(80 minutes.) 7 P.M. Theater.

Friday, July 9—The Holocaust
Fotoamator (Photographer), released in 1998. (See July 8 entry.) Noon. Theater.

Tuesday, July 13—Elia Kazan
A Streetcar Named Desire, released in 1951. The National Archives presents Elia Kazan's classic screen version of Tennessee Williams's Broadway play. Marlon Brando reprised his stage role as Stanley Kowalski, and Vivien Leigh won an Oscar for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois. Also stars Kim Hunter and Karl Malden. (122 minutes.) 7 P.M. Theater.

Wednesday, July 14—Elia Kazan
On the Waterfront, released in 1954, is Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning film based on Budd Schulberg's unflinching account of New York City labor unions. Stars Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, and Eva Marie Saint. (108 minutes.) 7 P.M. Theater.

Thursday, July 15—Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey, released in 1995. Actor Eli Wallach narrates this documentary on director Elia Kazan, one of America's greatest—and most controversial—filmmakers. A film by Richard Schickel. (75 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Friday, July 23—Archival Film: 30th Anniversary of the First Man on the Moon
Room at the Top, released in 1966. Sponsored by NASA, this film presents a detailed examination of the Saturn V/Apollo command module, crew quarters, flight center, and command post for the proposed trip to the moon. Presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in association with WGBH-TV. (29 minutes.)
The Eagle Has Landed: The Flight of Apollo 11, released in 1969. This NASA film chronicles the historic flight of Apollo 11 and the first moonwalk. (29 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Friday, July 30—Women's History
The Women of Summer, released in 1986. This award-winning documentary captures a historic moment when feminists, unionists, educators, and blue-collar workers participated in a controversial and inspired educational experiment, the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers. During the years 1921–1928, the school exerted a profound influence on its faculty and students, producing union, community, and government leaders. (55 minutes.) Noon. Theater.


Friday, August 6—Archival Film: The March of Time
Selections from The March of Time (1935–51), a screen magazine produced by Time, Inc.
Inside Nazi Germany, released in 1938. This indictment of Adolf Hitler and the rising Nazi Party was one of the more controversial episodes in the series. (17 minutes.)
Mr. and Mrs. America, released in 1942. This episode looks at homefront activities in Muncie, IN, that support the war effort. (20 minutes.)
Show-Business at War, released in 1943. The impact of World War II on the music, film, and theater industries is examined in this episode. (18 minutes.)
What To Do With Germany, released in 1944. Politicians, diplomats, and journalists offer opinions on the disposition and government of Germany after the war. (19 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

Friday, August 13—The March of Time
Selections from The March of Time (1935–51), a screen magazine produced by Time, Inc.
The Returning Veteran, released in 1945. This episode examines the problems of World War II veterans readjusting to civilian life. (14 minutes.)
Atomic Power! released in 1946. On the development and control of atomic power in the United States. (19 minutes.)
The Presidential Year, released in 1947. This episode looks at the 1948 election and introduces possible candidates. (16 minutes.)
It's In the Groove, released in 1949. Guy Lombardo, Perry Como, and Ella Fitzgerald are featured in this look at the recording industry. (19 minutes.) Noon. Theater.

College Park, MD Films (For descriptions of College Park films, see above listings)


July 14—FILM
Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey (75 minutes.) Noon.

July 21—FILMS
Room at the Top (29 minutes) The Eagle Has Landed: The Flight of Apollo 11 (29 minutes.) Noon.

July 28—FILM
The Women of Summer (55 minutes) Noon.


August 4—FILMS
Inside Nazi Germany (17 minutes.) Mr. and Mrs. America (20 minutes.) Show-Business at War (18 minutes.) What To Do With Germany (19 minutes.) Noon.

August 11—FILMS
The Returning Veteran (14 minutes.) Atomic Power! (19 minutes.) The Presidential Year (16 minutes.) It's In the Groove (19 minutes.) Noon.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.


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