A woman dressed elegantly walks purposely through the water gardens at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, as the music of Vivaldi's "Winter" movement of "The Four Seasons" plays. Heavy red filters... See full summary »
A miserly man eats the pits of some cherries he can't stand throwing out. A tree starts growing from the top of his head. He cuts it off; it grows back. After a while, he gives up and lets ... See full summary »
A cross-cut of nearly 100 years of American movies. We see the most precious film sequences that we all remember: From "Citizen Kane" to "Star Wars", from "Some like it hot" to "E.T.". The ... See full summary »
"Siege" is a 1940 documentary short about the Siege of Warsaw by the Wehrmacht at the start of World War II. It was shot by Julien Bryan, a Pennsylvanian photographer and cameraman who later established the International Film Foundation.
This is a crucial piece of film, because although the United States was not directly involved in WWII until 1941 (and not in Europe until 1944), we ere clearly aware of what was going on, and not just through second-hand reports.
"Siege" was nominated for an Oscar for Best One-reel Short at the 13th Academy Awards in 1941. Somehow it lost to "Quicker'n a Wink", a short film about strobe lights... not sure what the voters were thinking.
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