New trial – March of Time (from Alexander Street Press)

Trial is available from April 11 until May 3, 2012

The March of Time  is a complete archive of The March of Time films.  The March of Time series aired its first short subject film in theaters in the United States in 1935. The “issues,” as the newsreels are called, and “films,” which are the non-newsreels, covered an eclectic range of topics, and took divergent and sometimes controversial perspectives that audiences hadn’t seen before in this format. They adopted an editorial perspective rather than a straight reporting (news magazine instead of newsreel). The subjects were at times controversial (e.g. racism, poverty, fascism) and the films sometimes interspersed simulations of events within the real news footage to recreate events more vividly for their audiences. Actors who appeared in these simulations included well known celebrities such as Agnes Moorehead, Art Carney, and Orson Welles. Some highlights from the collection include: Inside Nazi Germany (1938), Australia at War (1941), British Imperialism (1944),  Teen-age Girls (1945) and Is everybody happy (1946)

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