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Directed by:
Bud Greenspan, American, 1926 - 2010  Search this
Written by:
Bud Greenspan, American, 1926 - 2010  Search this
Produced by:
Bud Greenspan, American, 1926 - 2010  Search this
Narrated by:
Jesse Owens, American, 1913 - 1980  Search this
Owned by:
D.C. Public Library, American, founded 1896  Search this
Medium:
acetate film
Dimensions:
Duration (Reel 1): 27 Minutes
Length (Film): 975 Feet
Duration (Reel 2): 25 Minutes
Length (Film): 925 Feet
Type:
sound films
black-and-white films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
Germany, Europe
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1964
Caption:
This film was a part of the Washington D.C. Public Library's circulating 16mm film collection housed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Central Library. The collection is particularly noted for the wide variety of African American and African diaspora content.
Description:
A documentary film with the title Jesse Owens Returns to Berlin. It consists of two reels of black-and-white 16mm acetate film with optical sound.
The documentary opens with aerial footage taken over the city of Berlin with the sound of a helicopter humming in the background. As the helicopter flies over Olympiastadion Berlin, the narrator, Jesse Owens, comments that it was not bombed during WWII. After discussing the global geopolitical climate in 1936, Owens begins to describe his experience participating in the games.
The rest of the documentary consists of archival footage of the 1936 Olympics, such as the Olympic torch relay; the opening ceremony; several shots of Adolf Hitler at the games; footage of some of the events Owens competed in: 100 meters, long jump, 200 meters, and 4 × 100-meter relay; as well as a scene in which Owens converses with the son of fellow long jumper Luz Long.
In the final scene, Owens can be seen in a motorcade in New York City, in the voiceover narration, he reports that a bag containing $10, 000 was thrown into his car by an anonymous donor.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Athletes  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Film  Search this
International affairs  Search this
Olympics  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Sports  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2017.55.57.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions likely apply. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
DC Public Library Film Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52ce7a900-be75-4b60-b8b3-10c89318fbec
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2017.55.57.1ab