‘The March of Time’ Documentary Series to be Featured at the National Gallery of Art
via press release:
THE MARCH OF TIME® DOCUMENTARY SERIES, RESTORED
BY HBO ARCHIVES, TO BE PRESENTED ON ITS
75TH ANNIVERSARY AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
NEW YORK, July 22, 2010 – Restored footage from The March of Time documentary series will be shown as part of the National Gallery of Art’s film series “Film and Reality in the 1930s: Roots of the Docudrama.” The program, “The March of Time: Seventy Fifth Anniversary,” will be seen July 24. HBO Archives®, launched in 2002, has been managing and restoring The March of Time newsreel collections since 2007. The screening, free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the East Building Concourse Auditorium in Washington, DC.
“We are thrilled to be making some of the classic March of Time stories available to the public and to be partnering with the National Gallery of Art on this event,“ says Barbara Thomas, senior vice president, HBO. The March of Time is the award-winning series produced by Time Inc. from 1935 to 1967. Each episode takes a focused look at culture, news and events from around the world.
“We are targeting the very early March of Time period, picking one short film from 1935, the first year, and two more shorts from 1936,” notes Margaret Parsons, Film Department Head, National Gallery of Art. The series separated itself from its Hollywood studio competitors by mixing highly produced, long-form documentary with dramatic reenactments. All together there are ten stories, using their trademark reenactments, that illustrate the roots of the American docudrama.
One of the highlights of the event is the screening of “The Ramparts We Watch,” the first March of Time feature-length film, from 1940. Again mixing historic footage with dramatic reenactments, this controversial movie strongly advocated for U.S. intervention in World War II at a time when the nation was undecided. The March of Time leveraged Time’s journalistic credibility to spread this anti-fascist, war-rallying call in a media form several steps removed from traditional journalism.
A fan page has been established on Facebook to keep track of the 75th anniversary events and offer a place for fans to talk about and view clips from the series at facebook.com/themarchoftime.
HBO Archives is a full-service stock footage library for commercial/professional use; in addition to The March of Time collection, it offers sports, entertainment news, contemporary stock and royalty-free wildlife footage. The footage available is wide-ranging, culled from images shot around the globe by HBO’s producers for more than three decades. Clips from The March of Time can be licensed directly through HBO Archives at themarchoftime.net.
The National Gallery of Art serves the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. The National Gallery of Art, one of the world’s preeminent museums with collections of some 116,000 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. See nga.gov/programs/film/filmandreality.shtm.