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Stevens & Moffat at Elbe River

Film | Digitized | RG Number: RG-60.2691 | Film ID: 961

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    Stevens & Moffat at Elbe River
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    Description
    Stevens walking in front of destroyed metal bridge. GI (probably Moffat) going down to river's edge and returning from river's edge. Army Engineers sign reads: "In memoriam to our comrades who fell with the bridge?" then list of names. Shots of destroyed bridge and river. Stevens walking into tunnel. Boys walking along railroad track, river's edge, bombed out buildings. Stevens and Moffat talking. They walk along barbed wire pathway. Stevens in jeep Toluca and weapons carrier behind crossing pontoon bridge and driving past anti-aircraft gun, along riverside and past fortifications. Stevens, Moffat and one other man on balcony overlooking river with reverse angles, including one panning the river. Several shots of Moffat.
    Duration
    00:05:37
    Date
    Event:  1945
    Production:  1945
    Locale
    Elbe River, Germany
    Credit
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
    Contributor
    Director: George C. Stevens
    Producer: Special Coverage Unit (SPECOU)
    Biography
    George Stevens (December 18, 1904 – March 8, 1975) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. During World War II, Stevens joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps and headed a film unit from 1943 to 1946 under General Eisenhower. His unit shot footage documenting D-Day — including the only Allied European Front color film of the war — the liberation of Paris and the meeting of American and Soviet forces at the Elbe River, as well as horrific scenes from the Duben labor camp and the Dachau concentration camp. Stevens also helped prepare the Duben and Dachau footage and other material for presentation during the Nuremberg Trials. In 2008, his footage was entered into the U.S. National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress as an "essential visual record" of World War II.
    The Special Coverage Unit (SPECOU) was placed under the control of the Supreme Headquarters' Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). The SPECOU consists of 45 people: writers like Ivan Moffat, William Saroyan and Irwin Shaw; cameramen like Dick Hoar, Ken Marthey, William Mellor, Jack Muth; sound operators as Bill Hamilton, who comes from Columbia, assistant directors, as Holly Morse, who has worked with Hal Roach.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Unedited.
    B&W / Color
    Color
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    00:22:48:18 to 00:28:25:24
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 961 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
      Master 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 961 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
      Master 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 961 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
      Master 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Master 961 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - color - HD
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small
      Preservation 961 Video: Betacam SP - color - NTSC - small

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This archival media can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations.
    Copyright
    Stevens, George Jr.
    Conditions on Use
    George Stevens, Jr. owns the copyright to this film. Researchers must contact the Library of Congress at mpref@loc.gov for permission to reproduce and use this film material.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased film copies of the George Stevens Collection on videotape from the Library of Congress in October 1994.
    Copied From
    16mm color reversal film
    Film Source
    Library of Congress - Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS)
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2963
    Source Archive Number: Video Reel #4; Film Reel #14
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:58:59
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