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Hearst Metrotone News 100th Anniversary

December 6, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Archive Treasures.”

With this special Archive Treasures screening we celebrate and reflect on the centennial anniversary of the first theatrically released newsreel, which was produced as part of the media empire overseen by William Randolph Hearst. From 1914 to 1967 Hearst produced newsreels, often times in partnership with other companies, and under a number of different names, the most famous being Hearst Metrotone News, later renamed News of the Day in 1936. These short films brought American moviegoers twice weekly images of the events and people that shaped the 20th century, from war fronts to marble championships, international summits to Hollywood premieres. In turn, Hearst newsreels helped shape the world they were documenting, not always without controversy. Since 1981, the Archive has been home to the Hearst Metrotone News collection, one of the largest such collections in the world containing over 27 million feet of distributed newsreels, unreleased stories and outtakes. Preserving and protecting this significant cultural and historical legacy for researchers, filmmakers and audiences is at the heart of the Archive’s mission. Tonight’s program will feature a selection of newsreels both momentous and entertaining presented by Blaine Bartell, senior newsreel preservationist, and Jeff Bickel, newsreel preservationist.

35mm, b/w, silent and sound.

Total running time: approx. 120 min. IN PERSON: Blaine Bartell, Jeffrey Bickel.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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