Die Katze im Sack
People at International Exposition in Paris in 1937. Statues. Foot of Eiffel Tower. Aerial shots, crowds, pavilions. CUs, people transported in little train car (powered by automobile). MSs, German pavilion with eagle at top. Buildings with sign: "Dauphine" and "A la Cicogne." Boat in river, traveling shot of pavilions and large statues. Children walking over bridge at expo attraction.
Original label on can: "Paris Weltausstellung 1937"
Biography / History:
The 1937 International Exposition in France is remembered mostly for the contrasting pavilions of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union which literally "faced off" in front of the Eiffel Tower. This "International Exposition of Arts and Technics in Modern Life" - open from May 25, 1937 to November 2, 1937 - included 44 countries and was attended by more than 31 million people. Breaking away from its universal, art, and science predecessors, this exposition infused nationalism, artisanship, and technology.
2003.483.1 The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased five 16mm film reels called "Die Katze im Sack" from a flea market in Berlin, Germany via Juergen Matthaeus (Museum staff member) in September 2003. The original owner and subjects are unknown. It is likely that the films were collected and/or filmed by a Wehrmacht officer stationed in Paris in early 1940.
Berlin flea market
16mm b/w pos print dp; DigiBeta; Betacam SP; VHS
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