Cinema Progress (1935 - 1937)

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CINEMA PROGRESS in world affairs, that is only now engaging the most serious attempts of the historian and student. This is in connection with the picturization of some of the greatest historical events of the past. We have had some of these pictures in connection with our American history, but for a complete treatment of historical subjects we have to turn to Germany where a most important work is carried on with minute detail, and yet with sufficient dramatic approach, to take away the dullness from a strictly dry and factual narrative. Those who have seen the fine motion pictures of "Queen Louise of Prussia" and of "General Yorck" can very wTell appreciate the excellence of those productions combining historic accuracy, educational features and recreational values of the highest order. France is certainly going ahead with the epic of her Great Revolution, and Italy has just amazed the motion picture world by that colossal picturization of the Punic, Wars, which is a reminder of the immortal Roman glories of the past and also an incentive for the training of the Italian mind along the lines of Empire. Biographies of great men and their reaction to the events of their times, have been rather common and very popular everywhere, and their value has this much in addition to other advantages that pictures of this type never grow old. The life of Disraeli, or the Duke of Wellington, and to point to a single outstanding feature in another field but politics, the Life of Louis Pasteur certainly prove conclusively what the motion picture can do to revive and to perpetuate the memories of the great men and their great deeds in the forward march of our civilization. The motion picture in world affairs is rapidly gaining in importance and in usefulness. And the time is not distant when this type of motion picture will be indispensable in every school room, and in every well stocked motion picture library. This latter expression may sound a bit strange at this moment. But it is the guess of this writer that the time is not distant when the motion picture will enter the home to stay, alongside the book case and the radio. A Film Library for Southern California By B. J. L. An educational film library for Southern California, stocked with more than 5,000 sixteen millimeter films for use in schools will be established in Los Angeles by the University of California. The library will be equipped to meet the steadily increasing demand by Southern California schools for educational films, states Boyd S. Rakestraw, assistant director of the University of California Extension Division, on behalf of Leon J. Richardson, director. An initial expenditure of twenty-seven thousand dollars to stock the library with the educational films has been approved by the University; offices for the library have been established at the University of California Extension Division at 815 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California, where all bookings and shippings will be handled. The library will be as large or larger than the one now on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. The library will be ready for bookings by March 1.