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    Let's Go to the Movies

    Produced for the motion picture industry by RKO Pictures, this short film documents the early history of American cinema beginning with Thomas Edison, then shows how celluloid film is…

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    Why Man Creates

    This Academy Award-winning short film uses animation, live action, narration, natural sounds, music, and sound effects to ponder the creative process. The film was sponsored by the Kaiser…

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    Early Motion Pictures

    Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section of the Library of Congress, toured the Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, and talked about the “Paper Print Collection,”…

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    Charlie Chan

    Yunte Huang talked about the life and times of Hawaii detective Chang Apana (1871-1933) and cultural impact that the fictional character based on him produced. He spoke at D.G. Wills Books…

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    Saving Private Ryan Military Adviser

    In 1998, the Academy Award-winning World War II film Saving Private Ryan was released in theaters. The movie portrays the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy, France and a mission to find a soldier…

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    The Gambler

    William Rempel talked about his biography of Armenian-American business tycoon and movie industry mogul, Kirk Kerkorian.

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    Life of Movie Studio Executive William Fox

    Biographer Vanda Krefft discussed the life and legacy of the founder of Fox Film Corporation in her book, The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox. In this…

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    Open Phones, Part 1

    Telephone lines and social media were open for viewer comments on Hollywood’s influence on on politics.

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    Hollywood Blacklist 70th Year Commemoration

    In 1947, ten prominent members of the Hollywood film industry refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee on their suspected ties to communism. They were held in…

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    Charlton Heston

    Marc Eliot talked about his book, Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon. He was interviewed at FreedomFest, one of the largest libertarian conferences in the country.

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    Jeremy Barr on Hollywood and the Democratic Party

    Jeremy Barr talked about the relationship between Hollywood and the Democratic party. He spoke via video link from New York City.

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    1973 Film Soylent Green and the Environmental Movement

    Professor Emilie Raymond talked about the 1973 film Soylent Green and how it reflected the contemporary environmental movement and fears about overpopulation.

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer calls and social media comments on the question, “What is Hollywood’s influence on politics?”

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    The World According to Star Wars

    Cass Sunstein talked about his book The World According to Star Wars, in which he discusses what can be learned about history, presidential politics, law, economics, and culture from the…

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    Q&A with Clifton Raphael

    Clifton Raphael talked about the award-winning documentaries his students have made, including several prize-winners from C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition.

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    Silent Film Industry in Santa Barbara

    Neal Graffy and Michael Redmon talked about the American Film Manufacturing Company, also known as Flying “A” Studios, a studio that produced silent films in Santa Barbara, California from 1912-1921. The…

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    Prelinger Archives, Part 1

    Founder Rick Prelinger talked about the Prelinger Archives in San Francisco, California, a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.…

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    Trial of Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel

    Scholars talked about the events surrounding the trial of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and how accurately they were portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies. The film is the story of…

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    Diversity in History Films

    Panelists talked about diversity in historical films. They spoke about to what extent there is a lack of diversity in historical films as well as how and why this issue should be addressed.…

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    History and Film

    Ric Burns talked about how the public learns about history through film. Mr. Burns suggested that historical films can be powerful and compelling, but also limited in their portrayal of…

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