All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Reel America: "Thunderbolt" - 1947 & Director William Wyler

Part Four of a Five-Part Series Featuring Mark Harris

Italy
Sunday, June 22, 2014

In the fourth of a five-part look at Hollywood directors who made films for the U.S. government during World War II, this program features director William Wyler and the 42 minute documentary he made for the U.S. Army Air Corps about a squadron of P-47 "Thunderbolt" fighter planes stationed in Italy.  Providing commentary is Mark Harris, author of "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:34pm (ET)

Related Events

Reel America: Frank Capra During World War II
Sunday, June 1, 2014     

This first of a five-part look at Hollywood directors who made films for the U.S. government during World War II features Frank Capra, who made and supervised many films during the war, including the “Why We Fight” series. “Your Job in Germany” is a training film for troops occupying the defeated nation. This program includes commentary by Mark Harris, author of “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.”  Also shown is a short training cartoon feature "Private Snafu."

Reel America: "The True Glory" - 1945 & George Stevens
Sunday, June 8, 2014     

In the second of a five-part look at Hollywood directors who made films for the U.S. government during World War II, this program features director George Stevens, who was with the invading army on June 6, 1944 to supervise documenting D-Day on film.

Reel America: "D-Day to Germany" - 1944
Sunday, June 8, 2014     

Jack Lieb, a cameraman for Hearst Corporation’s “News of the Day” newsreel was assigned to cover the invasion of France in 1944. “D-Day to Germany” is a traveling film and lecture program compiled by Mr. Lieb from his own color film he shot in England, France, and Germany while on the job. The National Archives has restored the film together with an audio recording from 1976 of Jack Lieb’s final lecture about the film before he became ill and passed away. The film and audio were donated to the National Archives in 1984 by Warren Lieb, Jack’s son.

Reel America: "Suicide: The Unheard Cry" 1968
Sunday, April 20, 2014     

This dramatized training film portrays five different types of suicidal personalities so that warning signs can be spotted and help offered before it is too late. Following the 44 minute film, a 10 minute portion of a 2012 C-SPAN Washington Journal regarding the continuing problem of military suicide is shown.

Reel America: 1963 Malcolm X Interview
Sunday, April 27, 2014     

In October 1963, Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X  was interviewed by sociology graduate student Herman Blake and professor John Leggett at the University of California, Berkeley.  Malcolm X argued against racial integration and discussed the right of African Americans to use violence in defending themselves against violent attacks by whites. This video is courtesy of the Media Resources Center Collection at UC Berkeley.

Reel America: "Oil Across Arabia" - 1950
Sunday     

This Bechtel Corporation film documents the 1947 to 1950 development of a Saudi Arabian oil pipeline constructed by American companies in cooperation with Saudi Arabia.  The 1,000 mile pipeline by-passed the need for a 3,000 mile oil tanker journey around Saudio Arabia to the Suez Canal. This pipeline ceased all operations in 1990.

Reel America: A Point in Time: The Corona Story - 1972 CIA Documentary
Sunday, September 7, 2014     

An hour-long 1972 CIA documentary that tells the story of how and why the Corona satellite program was created, focusing on how satellite was built and the unprecedented challenges its designers faced. The Corona Project marked the first successful recovery of film from space. From the time of its launch in 1960 to completion of the program in 1972, the Corona Project was responsible for photographing over 750 million square miles of Soviet territory.

Reel America: "U.S. Army Unit Advisor in Vietnam" - 1963
Sunday, August 10, 2014     

This United States Army film features 34-year-old Captain William Johnston and his advisory work with the Army of the Republic of Vietnam from May 1962 to April 1963. American advisors like Johnston aided South Vietnam in its war against communist North Vietnam before President Johnson and Congress paved the way for escalating American involvement with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution; signed by LBJ on August 10, 1964.  

Reel America: "The Mexican American: A New Hope for Opportunity" - 1968
Sunday, August 3, 2014     

This 30 minute Office of Economic Opportunity documentary describes a fact-finding trip by members of congress and Johnson administration officials and their efforts to assist Spanish speaking Americans as part of the War on Poverty programs & immigration reform.

Reel America: "Your National Archives" - 1953
Sunday, July 27, 2014     

An 18 minute documentary explaining the activities of the National Archives, including how the "Charters of Freedom" are stored & displayed, how documents are cleaned, how records are organized, and what kinds of records are stored there.  The film was produced for the Archives by the U.S. Air Force.

Share This Event Via Social Media
Book TV (late 2012)