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German siege of Warsaw, Sept. 1939

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.4161 | Film ID: 3016

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    German siege of Warsaw, Sept. 1939

    Overview

    Description
    The first days of September 1939, Warsaw, Poland under siege: MCU of German soldiers who are prisoners of the Poles, talking, smoking, cutting one cuts another's hair. It is believed that the soldier who is seated in the shot is a German Jewish soldier, according to Julien Bryan's accounts of this footage. This is NOT a confirmed fact. VS of destruction; people climbing over rubble, looking for their belongings that may remain in the wreckage of their homes. A young boy with a pet canary in a cage that survived the bombings. CUs of the dead and wounded. A woman plants a memorial of branches and twigs at a makeshift grave. LS of a plaza in Warsaw, two men with armbands walk across the plaza.VS of the streets, people gathering in doorways, talking to each other, unsure of what will happen next. 01:10:53:16: children and women gathered in a doorway, quick cut to more rubble, several quick shots of refugees looking bewildered; CU of an overturned pushcart; civilians talk and point nervously with soldiers; citizens brigades in the street standing guard;CUs of posters, anti-German propaganda. A very quick shot of refugees walking toward a large municipal building with all of their bundles, civic buildings were now serving as shelters. LS of citizen soldiers; people filing into a large building; VS from a rooftop to the street below: busy street, Red Cross bus drives down the tram tracks in the middle of the street; young boy handing out leaflets; streams of men with their belongings. 01:13:15:22 people in the streets looking nervously over their shoulders as they go about their daily tasks worrying when the next attack will come. 01:13:25: INT, church sequence: church in Warsaw that has been damaged by German bombs (under-cranked, low light).01:13:51:15: Sandbagged corner building in Warsaw. MS, women, children, and soldier on the street, a mother fixes her child's hair; LS, from rooftop of a large bomb induced crater. VS in and around the crater that is surrounded by people and soldiers surveying the damage.
    Duration
    00:05:21
    Date
    Event:  1939 September
    Locale
    Warsaw, Poland
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
    Contributor
    Director: Julien H. Bryan
    Producer: Julien H. Bryan
    Biography
    Julien Hequembourg Bryan (1899-1974) was an American documentarian and filmmaker. Bryan traveled widely taking 35mm film that he sold to motion picture companies. In the 1930s, he conducted extensive lecture tours, during which he showed film footage he shot in the former USSR. Between 1935 and 1938, he captured unique records of ordinary people and life in Nazi Germany and in Poland, including Jewish areas of Warsaw and Krakow and anti-Jewish signs in Germany. His footage appeared in March of Time theatrical newsreels. His photographs appeared in Life Magazine. He was in Warsaw in September 1939 when Germany invaded and remained throughout the German siege of the city, photographing and filming what would become America's first cinematic glimpse of the start of WWII. He recorded this experience in both the book Siege (New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1940) and the short film Siege (RKO Radio Pictures, 1940) nominated for an Academy Award in 1940. In 1946, Bryan photographed the efforts of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency in postwar Europe.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Outtakes.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Excellent
    Time Code
    01:09:31:00 to 01:14:52:08
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 3016 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
      Master 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - nitrate - b&w - camera original
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - fine grain master - A-wind - Kodak - 2366
      Preservation 3016 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 3016.1 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
      Preservation 3016.2 Film: negative - 35 mm - polyester - b&w - duplicate negative - B-wind - Kodak - 2234
    • User
    • User 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.1 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print
      User 3016.2 Film: positive - 35 mm - b&w - silent - answer print

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    Sam Bryan transferred the copyright for the Julien Bryan Archive to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in April 2020. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material and you do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The Julien Bryan Collection of films, photographs, documents, and artifacts was purchased by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum from Sam Bryan and the International Film Foundation, Inc. on February 12, 2003.
    Note
    Detailed preservation notes from the film lab are available in Film and Video department files.
    Additional photographs are available in the USHMM Photo Archives.
    Film Source
    Sam Bryan and International Film Foundation
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 4402
    Source Archive Number: JB 2114
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:01:41
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