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1905 – Battleship Potemkin.

27 June

During the Russo-Japanese War, sailors start a mutiny aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin.

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1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter

7 April

Francis Ford Coppola (born on this day in 1939) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of film making. Continue reading “1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter”

1975 – The Zapruder film is shown to a national TV audience

6 March

The Zapruder film is a silent, colour motion picture sequence shot by private citizen Abraham Zapruder with a home-movie camera, as U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November, 1963, thereby unexpectedly capturing the President’s assassination.

On this day in 1975, the ABC late-night television show Good Night America (hosted by Geraldo Rivera), assassination researchers Robert Groden and Dick Gregory presented the first-ever network television showing of the Zapruder home movie. The public’s response and outrage to that television showing quickly led to the forming of the Hart-Schweiker investigation, contributed to the Church Committee Investigation on Intelligence Activities by the United States, and resulted in the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation. Continue reading “1975 – The Zapruder film is shown to a national TV audience”

1927 – Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis is released in Germany

10 January

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. Lang and his wife, Thea von Harbou, wrote the silent film, which starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel and Rudolf Klein-Rogge. Erich Pommer produced it in the Babelsberg Studios for Universum Film A.G.. It is regarded as a pioneering work of the science-fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature-length movies of the genre. Continue reading “1927 – Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis is released in Germany”

1921 – The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial ends

4 December

Virginia Rappe (1891 – 1921) was an American model and silent film actress and is best known for her death after attending a party with actor Roscoe Arbuckle, who was accused of complicity in her death though ultimately exonerated. Continue reading “1921 – The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial ends”

1954 – The first Godzilla film is released

3 November

Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese science fiction film directed by Ishirō Honda. The film stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura and Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed the titular character until his retirement in 1972. Continue reading “1954 – The first Godzilla film is released”

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