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February 1998, Week 3


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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Brian Taves <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 15:35:11 -0500
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I am posting this on behalf of my colleagues in the National Digital
Library of the Library of Congress.
Brian Taves
(This message is being posted to numerous listservs; please forgive any
The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program and the Motion
Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division announce the new online
presentation, The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures, available
through the American Memory collections at the Library's home page
(, or directly at:
Fifty-three films made from 1898 to 1901 of the Spanish-American War and
the Philippine Insurrection are featured in this first release, timed to
coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the battleship
U.S.S. Maine.  Fifteen more films will be added in April 1998, along with
selected sound recordings related to the war.  The Spanish-American War is
notable for being the first U.S. war in which the motion picture camera
played a role.  The films presented were made by the Edison Manufacturing
Company and the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company, and consist of
actualities filmed in the U.S., Cuba, and the Philippines, showing troops,
ships, notable figures, and parades, as well as reenactments of battles
and other war-time events.  A special presentation, entitled "The Motion
Picture Camera Goes to War: the Spanish-American War and the Philippine
Insurrection," lists the films in chronological order and offers essays
that provide an historical context for the filming of the motion pictures.
Comprehensive catalog records are also available for each film title.  The
motion pictures are available in MPEG and Quicktime formats for
downloading and viewing.
Judi Hoffman ([log in to unmask])
Karen Lund ([log in to unmask])
National Digital Library Program
Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress
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