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Wochenschau cameramen at work

Film | Accession Number: 2009.356.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4976 | Film ID: 2886

The opening titles are superimposed over an image of a cameraman filming. Scenes of Hitler standing on the balcony on the night he became Chancellor, followed by good shots of rallies, flags, Hitler reviewing crowds, intercut with good shots of cameramen at work, sometimes in odd places or angles, such as crouched on the running board of a car. The narrator says that in the new Germany, where the state is fused with the folk, and the Fuehrer is fused with the community, the newsreel cameraman has an obligation to history.

01:55:09 Model of the Propaganda Ministry building. The narrator says that there is a separate department in the Propaganda Ministry that works with Deutsche Wochenschau.

01:55:54 Wochenschau cameramen load equipment into their vehicles and set out through the snow to film at the 1936 winter Olympics. One of the cameramen places a sign on a car that bears the Olympic rings and the word "Film." Upbeat music over images of the flags of different countries flying while snow falls, cameraman setting up their tripods and other equipment, and filming ceremonies, Hitler at the Olympics, flags flying, and sports such as ice skating, skiing, and bobsledding. The narrator explains some technical details about how sound is captured sometimes, but not others. The next scenes show a hockey game and a cameraman rotating lenses to zoom in closer to the players. CU of Hitler. An airplane taking off illustrates how the camera negative is transported quickly to Berlin so that it can be developed and copied. Workers are shown performing these tasks. Three men and a woman sit in a room to view the footage in preparation for editing. The cutting of the film is shown. The narrator says that out of 700 meters of footage shot, the editor will use at most 70 meters. A woman uses glue to splice the pieces of film together. The film breaks off abruptly.

Event:  1933-1936
Production:  1936
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:50:31
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