They watch a procession of military vehicles drive down the cobblestone streets, raising their arms in the Nazi salute as Adolf Hitler passes by in the motorcade, saluting them back. They eagerly accept flags decorated with the swastika, the symbol of the Third Reich, from Nazi soldiers who have come to greet them. Though these chilling images set the ideal opening scene for a Hollywood-produced drama, they were actually shot in by an amateur cameraman. The project is pulling together films that focus on the rise of Nazism and its role in Jewish and non-Jewish life in Austria. Some of the 50 films were home movies, others were donated by families of the filmmakers who were curious to know what was on the film, but lacked the resources to actually watch it. The project includes footage from home movies, advertisements, newsreels and other unofficial films. And the filmmakers included in this collection represent several nationalities, including Americans.
Home Movies & Amateur Film
Chicago Film Archive Catalogue
Watch Rarely Seen Footage of Life in Nazi Austria, Thanks to a New Video Archive
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But in a beguiling new film by Rick Prelinger , the Bay Area filmmaker known for working with bits of found film, they have come back to life. This view of Wilshire Boulevard, likely taken in the '40s, shows the May Company building soon to become the Museum of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences -- as well as a large billboard ad for bomb shelters. How do you decide what will go in? I put in a lot of sequences that haunted me for the way they were shot or what they show. One scene shows people picking up shells and moon stones in Redondo Beach.