Private Snafu has a secret: his ship leaves for Africa at 4:30. He's determined to keep it, but bit by bit it slips out, and eventually, the details end up right on Hitler's desk and the ship is engaged.
The human eye, the human form, the human face: these are the three central images of this avant-garde collage and kaleidoscope of shifting and fractured images, changing colors, and pulsing... See full summary »
One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. This version has an orchestral score and runs 8 minutes. The source of this film is uncertain, but most likely it was part of a newsreel intended for black audiences. See more »
This is one of fifty films from the DVD collection "Treasures From American Film Archives" and like most of the films, it's an ephemeral piece that would have otherwise been forgotten. It consists of players from the Negro Leagues warming up at Crosley Field (home of the Cincinnati Reds). Much of it features Reece Tatum and is reminsicent of a baseball version of the Harlem Globetrotters. This is NOT at all surprising, as Tatum actually played in both worlds--with the Negro Leagues during the summer and touring with the Globetrotters in the off-season. Who originally filmed this is uncertain but it was made in the 1940s before the Major Leagues were integrated.
Because of the sort of film this is, it's impossible to rate but also a very valuable piece of history as well as the black American experience--especially since such footage normally wouldn't have made it to theaters or been seen by anyone other than the person taking the footage in the first place as well as their friends and family.
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