TELEVISION IN WWII GERMANY:
Outstanding and very interesting uncovered footage, long buried in East German archives, confirms that television's first revolution occurred under the Third Reich. From 1935 to 1944, Berlin studios churned out the world's first regular tv programming, replete with the evening news, street interviews, sports coverage, and interviews with officials. German technicians achieved remarkable breakthroughs in televising live events, including near instantaneous broadcasts of the 1936 Olympic Games. At the same time, the demand for continuous programming opened up camera opportunities far less controlled, and more candidly revealing, than the government would have liked. Television in WWII Germany proved a major disappointment. But its surviving footage offers an intriguing new window onto Hitler's Germany. (55 mins., in English and German with English subtitles. Very good quality).
THE THIRD MAN:
The story is set in Austria's capital city, Vienna, just after the Second World War, when the city was divided into four zones controlled by the Allied powers of Great Britain, France, the USA, and the USSR. The central character is American pulp western author Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) who is seeking an old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles), who has offered him the opportunity to work with him in Vienna. Upon his arrival in Vienna, Martins heads to stay with his friend Harry Lime. When he arrives at Lime's apartment, Martins learns that Lime has been recently killed by a lorry while crossing the street. Shocked, he heads to the cemetery to attend Lime's funeral, where he meets two British military police officers, Sergeant Paine, who is an enormous fan of Martins' work, and his superior, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard). After the services, Calloway gives Martins a lift to his hotel and advises the American to leave Vienna as he can do nothing more than get himself into trouble. But something is just not right about Harry Lime's death ... and the many people who seem determined to ensure that Martins doesn't find out the real story. (105 mins., in English. Very good quality)
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