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Gessner visits ancient ruins in Egypt

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.534 | RG Number: RG-60.1825 | Film ID: 4168

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    Gessner visits ancient ruins in Egypt

    Overview

    Description
    Ancient ruins in Egypt, possibly part of the Karnak Temple complex. Huge columns with Egyptian inscriptions and figures. A young girl leans against the ruins. WS camera pans right on the ruins. An obelisk rises from the ruins. Various desert hills and cliffs. 01:01:45 The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. People, piles of rubble, and wagons. People holding baskets walk around on uneven terrain. A man uses a pickax to hack away at the earth. 01:02:29 Colossi of Memnon, the giant stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Two cows rotating a wheel followed by a young unclothed boy holding a whip. People wearing headscarves sitting and standing near a wall made of the earth.
    Duration
    00:04:10
    Date
    Event:  1934
    Locale
    Egypt
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Peter Gessner
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Robert J. Gessner
    Biography
    Robert Gessner was born on October 21, 1907 in Escanaba, MI. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1929 and a M.A. from Columbia University in 1930. He started teaching at New York University in 1930. He married Doris Lindeman on May 27, 1938 and had two children, Peter and Stephen. Mr. Gessner was a screen playwright and the author of several books, including "Massacre" (1931); "Broken Arrow" (1933); "Some of My Best Friends are Jews" (1936); "Treason" (1944); "Youth is the Time" (1945). He was a pioneer educator in motion pictures as an art form. Gessner founded the Motion Picture Department (now Cinema Studies) at NYU in 1941, the first four-year film curriculum leading to a B.A. degree in motion picture studies in the United States. He finished his book "The Moving Image, A Guide to Cinematic Literacy" before he died in June 1968.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 4168 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind
      Master 4168 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind
      Master 4168 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind
      Master 4168 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - reversal original - B-wind

    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
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Robert Gessner was a Jewish American screenwriter and author of several books. He traveled to several European countries in 1934 and took films and photographs of his trip. His son, Peter, donated the collection to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in November 2014.
    Note
    Robert Gessner published a book in 1936 about his overseas travels called "Some of my Best Friends Are Jews"
    Film Source
    Mr. Peter Gessner
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:00:35
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