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What was it like to go to the movies in January 1940?

Movie theatres have historically been places of psychological escape. But even cinemas weren’t safe havens from real-world anxieties during the Second World War – a time when newsreels brought foreboding images of death, destruction and unease to the masses before the full-length feature. Using found footage, Forgotten Things examines the intersection of film with history’s deadliest conflict, highlighting the acute anxiety of a time when nearly everyone on the planet was either at, or seemingly just on the verge of, total war.

Director: Nate DiMeo

Website: The Memory Palace

29 January 2015

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