MVTN 4 747Jerusalem Street Scenes
MVTN 2 515Javanese Dancers
MVTN 4 399-400NYC Street Scenes and Noises
21 906 Round the World Trip Made
By Two Girls
Bagdad (Baghdad), Iraq
Exterior; day: main street with traffic and pedestrians. Long shot pan of city. The minaret of Suk-el-Ghazel (?). Long shot of river. Long shot woman milking a cow in an alley. Various scenes of coffee shop and owner serving customer. Various scenes of old Turkish brass cannon. More pans of cityscapes. Note: severe emulsion deterioration throughout; TBP; anthropology; religion; sociology; city listed at "Bagdad, Iraq" on index card
Call number: RC 2787
Summary:November 19, 1929
Exterior; day: various close shots two men (Sephardic Jews ?) talking. Various scenes people and livestock at market place. Closeup Greek Orthodox Church Priest singing his prayers. Note: some emulsion deterioration; used in Metro 1/228; religion; Israel; Jordan; Transjordan
Call number: RC 2640
Summary:January 29, 1929
Batavia, Java, Dutch East Indies (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Exterior; day: long shot Rongong dancers accompanied by Gamelang Orchestra. Medium shot Kromong players. Closeup rabab player. Note: anthropology; music; sociology; Decca Park, Weltereden; emulsion deterioration throughout
Call number: RC 2059
Title:MVTN 21 906: Round the World Trip Made By Two Girls
Description:B&W , Sound , 6.31 minutes
Summary:April 30, 1934
New York, New York, United States
Motion picture actress Leila Roosevelt, wife of Armand Denis and cousin of President Franklin Roosevelt ends round the world motor tour. Long shot and closeup Roosevelt and traveling companion, Miss Edna Olmstead standing in front of truck and speaking on trip. Ocean liner in background. Note: exclusive coverage; Leila Roosevelt Denis; TEMPORARY DESCRIPTION; NYC
Newsfilm Call number: RC 2256
Attached is text listing 6 pieces of Fox Movietone News footage held by the University of South Carolina's Newsfilm Library. I've pasted in the catalogue record for each one, exactly as it appears in the online catalogue available to all.
I tried to pick a diverse group of stories, and to select material we anticipate screening (at least in part) during Orphans '04. If all goes according to plan, we will also be having these stories preserved by sponsoring labs and printed onto new 35mm show prints for premier at the symposium. We can discuss what form your students' research projects will take. And I'd still like to have at least one of the students speak on the program in March.
I put 6 different stories on the tape, although I understand you will have 5 pairs of grad student researchers. It does not matter which story gets omitted. The Baghdad, Cairo and Jerusalem stories are all going to get screened before the silent feature THE FALL OF JERUSALEM. The other stories are not for sure yet. The New York noise story seemed apt for NYU expertise. The Javanese Dancers footage maybe screened if we are able to show (as we hope to), UCLA's restoration of LEGONG: DANCE OF THE VIRGINS, a film shot in Bali in 1933. And the Round the World Trip with Leila Roosevelt I have recently put on the list of candidates, both because of the way in which it represents the newsreel's view of "the world" and because Leila Roosevelt and Armand Denis were involved with travelogue documentary for many years after this.
If you want to decide later that another Movietone story is more apropos what you want your students doing, I am happy to send out tapes to do instead of these.
Tomorrow I will mail out to you 5 VHS reference cassettes, each containing all of the footage. You and your grad students can then use these for study purposes when writing the research reports we have been discussing. The videotapes will have to be returned when the projects are completed. (The library will probably send along checkout forms asking the borrowers to verify they will return them by a certain date [May 1, 2004?] and will not copy the footage.)
I am also having the cataloguer, Andrew Murdoch, pull
any paper records that accompany these pieces of footage, and will send
those along separately.