The 7th Chinese Film Festival

The 7th Chinese Film Festival

Screening of Five Films

Friday, February 8 to Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nickelodeon Theater

A Simple Life – Friday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Dragon Friday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Let the Bullets Fly Friday, February 8 at 8:30 p.m.

The Three Swordsmen – Saturday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m.

Love in the Buff – Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m.

The Confucius Institute at USC, in partnership with Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) of USC University Libraries, presents the 7th Chinese Film Festival. We will be screening five recently released award-winning films from Hong Kong, including one from the Chinese Film Collection at MIRC. Each film was chosen carefully from various genres in the contemporary Hong Kong film industry: from romantic comedy to martial arts, and from drama to crime, to give a general look at the depth of Hong Kong film. This festival offers the opportunity to think about the role that the Hong Kong film industry plays in the global film context and the ways in which Hong Kong filmmakers collaborate with the Chinese mainland film industry. For information about tickets visit: http://www.nickelodeon.org/

The Chinese Film Festival Series includes:

A Simple Life is a 2011 film directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Hui and starring Andy Lau and Deanie Ip. Based on a true story, A Simple Life not only exquisitely captures the unique relationship between the amah and the family for which she cares, but also deals with the many abandoned old people in Hong Kong. Delivering what may be the best performances of their careers, Lau and Ip display perfect chemistry and restraint as two people who have known each other all their lives. (Cantonese with Simplified Chinese and English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Friday, Feb.8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Dragon is a 2011 Hong Kong martial arts thriller film directed by Peter Chan, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei. The film’s action director, martial-arts actor Donnie Yen, has become one of the world’s busiest action stars and rivals Jackie Chan and Jet Li for dominance in Asia. In “Dragon,” a cat-and-mouse martial-arts thriller, he plays a man living a simple life with his wife and two children in a remote village in early 20th-century China.  After he kills a pair of bandits trying to rob a local shopkeeper, using masterful kung-Fu moves, a police detective investigating the case uncover Liu’s true identity. Director Peter Chan’s clever art-house spin on a popular genre pays homage to the stylish Hong Kong kung-Fu movies of the 1960s and ’70s. (Cantonese with Simplified Chinese and English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Friday, Feb.8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Let the Bullets Fly, a 2010 action comedy blockbuster featuring Chow Yun-fat, has been one of the highest-grossing recent films in mainland China. Set in 1920s Sichuan, the film tells the tale of the bandit “Pocky” Zhang Mazi, who poses as a local governor in a rural town but finds himself at odds with the local mobster, who is not eager to share his turf with another drifter. A complex and deadly series of mind-games ensues between the two crooks, which are as violent as they are hilarious. Fans of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars will appreciate this reinterpretation.  (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Friday, Feb.8, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

The Three Swordsmen, from the University of South Carolina’s Chinese Film Collection comes this 1994 martial art film featuring Brigitte Lin (Chungking Express) and Andy Lau (A Simple Life) as two famous martial arts masters, Samurai and Smiling Sam. On the night before the big martial arts competition, someone murders the Empress, and the two swordsmen are framed for the crime. Together with Big Knife, they then become involved in a plot to recover the Holy Sword and also avenge the murder of the Empress. (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Saturday, Feb.9, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Love in the Buff is a 2012 romantic comedy, a sequel to the 2010 comedy ‘Love in a Puff’ directed by Pang Ho-Cheung and starring Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung. In this film, Cherie and Jimmy, who met through an indoor smoking ban in Hong Kong, have moved in together and then split up. They both move to Beijing and meet new partners but fate has a way of drawing them back together again. A blend of comedy drama about the real life of relationships in a modern world makes this an interesting film with good performances and some sharp dialogue. (Primarily in Cantonese, has some Mandarin with both Simplified Chinese and English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Saturday, Feb.9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

This series is co-sponsored by the USC Confucius Institute, in conjunction with the Moving Image Research Collections at USC, and reflects a growing emphasis on Chinese film studies in the Film and Media Studies program, as well as Chinese language-teaching program at USC.

Moving Image Research Collections: http://library.sc.edu/mirc/

Confucius Institute at USC: http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/ci/

Nickelodeon Theater: http://www.nickelodeon.org/

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Feature Video–January 29th 2013–Rubenstein mystery films

Here at MIRC, we invite our staff members to contribute to the feature video selection and write a blog piece about why they chose the film that they did. This week’s video and blog is by Brittany Braddock, our film scanning technician, who works magic with the 2k Kinetta scanner we have for our more delicate films. The feature video this week was a mystery film from a collection donated to us which is currently being processed in more detail. Film collections at MIRC can consist of a mixture of film content, some of which may need more investigation than others, as in this case and Brittany will explain more about this here:

I spend the majority of my time at MIRC in what we call the Kinetta room. It houses our high-definition, frame-integrity film scanner with which I am well-acquainted as well as a super fancy (industry term) film inspection bench, the Debrie. The latter is responsible for a great deal of distracted curiosity.

Often, our curators will inspect their collections in this room and I’ll hover over the more interesting bits or offer a hand with Google searches if we think we may be able to uncover more information about a film. This is one of my favorite things about working at MIRC. The film stock itself already offers a wealth of information encoded on its edges in the form of shapes and numbers that allow us to date the item, determine what kind of editing has been done, and in some cases tell us what camera was used to film it.

Several weeks back, our assistant director and curator, Heather Heckman was processing some of the Rubenstein collection. Our website offers this blurb:

“This collection is eclectic. It includes news footage, home movies, prints of major Hollywood productions (most 16mm), several hundred Castle films, Castle film distribution catalogs, and equipment.”

Heather came upon a film in Rubenstein that appeared to be shot on-location from two different film sets. The beginning of the footage is shot on a beach featuring men in various styles of military uniform while the end is a western scene complete with shoot-outs and attacks on horseback. A family appears on both sets and in the scenes that make up the middle of the home movie – beach vacation shots, Girl Scouts, tennis, etc.

It was enough to draw me in. I HAD to know what these films were. Days of searching the Internet ensued.

Aided by edge code, Heather and I were able to date the film stock to 1953 which I compared to the production dates of my movie candidates collected from the AFI, IMDB, and TCM movie databases.

I inspected my HD transfer of the film frame by frame, capturing the faces of actors and actresses that flashed on the screen too quickly in some cases to be seen at regular playback speed. Then I pored over photos of actors and actresses of the time comparing their features. I collected stills from the home movie and compared them to stills from my film candidates – which, by the way, was no easy task as there is not exactly a surplus of information about the films that I would eventually identify as the winners.

Heather had already proposed that the first film was possibly El Alamein (1953) directed by Fred F. Sears.

My quest to confirm it, was probably (as pointed out by MIRC curator and my boss, Greg) overly exhaustive. It took a half-second glance of a woman’s face captured in my frame-by-frame analysis of the first on-location shoot to appease me that in fact, the actress Rita Moreno, the star actress of El Alamein,  was present.

A further search of Fred F. Sears’ work and production locations, a quick shot of a young boy’s hat from Camp Junipero Serra, and a meticulous study of actress Peggie Castle’s face were eventually enough to mostly convince me that the second film being shot at the end of the home movie footage is Overland Pacific (1954). 

Whose home movies are these? I don’t know. Perhaps the family featured is in fact that of Fred F. Sears. Or, possibly, a crewmember he tended to work with on multiple productions. I’d need some pretty advanced resources to find that out. I have scrawled so many ridiculous notes in my search to solve the mystery and have only really highlighted here a minute selection of the evidence and theories that bore fruit. Either way, this film is a unique look at this family’s life. It encompasses all the mundane summer vacation details familiar to all home movie collections, but it is juxtaposed against these Hollywood productions that were also this family’s not so ordinary experience. It was a fascinating find. Feel free to pick it apart as well. Enjoy!

Blog written by Brittany Braddock, Scanning Technician at MIRC

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Feature Video–Dec 10th–Uproar in Heaven

Here at MIRC, we invite our staff and student workers to contribute to the feature video selection and write a blog piece about why they chose the film that they did. This week’s video and blog is by Ran, our new cataloguer of the Chinese Film Collection. Ran arrived from the Beijing Film Academy a few months ago and is spending her time watching, researching and cataloguing the many documentary films in the collection so they can be more easily accessed. The feature video this week is an excerpt from a very famous chinese animated film, that is a favorite with staff, as well as Ran, who explains why here:

Uproar in Heaven- An Everlasting Dream

a MIRC blog by Ran Wei, Chinese Film Collection Cataloguer

I have to admit that I choose Uproar in Heaven without hesitation, when I have a chance to introduce one Chinese film in this blog. It is a film that I am so familiar with. Monkey King is a friend who accompanies my entire childhood.

Maybe I can say, Monkey King is the hero that is admired by all Chinese of the same age or older than me.  I still remember when we sat together to watch the TV series, a cartoon about Journey to the West every summer vacation, though we had watched it millions of times, we still felt amazed and excited. It was such a fantastic story that I always dreamed that I could fly as high and as fast Monkey King did, that I could transform into different things like Monkey King. At that time I did not understand what dreams were, but when I went to Orlando Disney world this Thanksgiving break, seeing the whole dreamland created for children and how parents cherished their children’s dream, I realized how important Monkey King was to me and how sweet my childhood was spent with my dearest friends together wanting to cheer for Monkey King.

When I begin to learn film systematically, I found that Uproar in Heaven plays a vital role in the history of Chinese film, especially Chinese animated film. WAN Laiming, WAN Guchan, WAN Chaochen and WAN Dihuan, created a new Chinese animation and pushed it into different stages. Uproar in Heaven is their most renowned masterpiece. All of the animations were drawn by hand. This film influences generations of Chinese and its charm does not fade as time goes by. WAN Laiming once said that it was him dream to film stories about Monkey King, so it is another story about dreams. About fifty years have passed since it came out and when the 3-D version of Uproar in Heaven was released in China, I saw many viewers like me reviewing childhood memories and trying to find the dream we had forgotten for a long time in the cinema.

As to the ending, it is quite different from the original one of Journey to the West. Monkey King lives happily with other monkeys in Huaguo Shan in the film while in the novel finally Monkey King is defeated by Buddha and after 500 years imprisonment he accepts the task to protect Monk Tang’s Journey to the West. And it is the main part of the novel. Some may think that when Monkey King becomes Buddha’s followers, he is no longer the Monkey King who uproars the heaven.  His courage to rebelling the bigwigs , his eager for freedom and respect disappear once the Journey to West begin, so they may be disappointed. As to me, I regard it as the inevitable procedure of growing up. No one can enjoy freedom his whole life. Once we are assigned a task, we need to dedicate to it, it is a sign to show that we are already adults, and so is Monkey King.  I am glad Monkey King can still be my dream after saying goodbye to my childhood and starting the journey heading to the world of grown-ups. I hope that after watching the film you can also find or retrieve your dream.                                                                                                                                                                         Ran Wei

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Feature Video–Thanksgiving 2012–Mr Zero gives to the needy

What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving? Turkey, family gatherings, football, Macy’s parade, pumpkin pie, Pilgrims?

Historically, Thanksgiving began as a tradition of celebrating the harvest of the year, as Harvest festivals are celebrated around the world, usually in Sept/Oct time. Here, in the United States the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated on the third Thursday of November, and was established by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Previous to this official recognition by Lincoln, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”.

In reverence to the giving of thanks, some people are able to use the holiday time to remember the things they have received over the year and extend the hand of fellowship and generosity to those fellow human beings less fortunate than themselves. Our feature video this week gives respect to a man who was dogged in his work to help the more unfortunate in life. His is a name forgotten by most but his deeds should not go unnoticed and perhaps in the fluctuating world we live in today we should remember the good Samaritans of the past.

This video shows Mr Ledoux with some of the men that he helped to feed and clothe in the holiday season in New York City in the 1920s. I also include a brief biography of him here to highlight the good work that he did throughout the year and not just at Thanksgiving or at Xmas. This man was a frequent sight on the streets of New York and in the newsreels and newspapers in the 1920s and it seems such a shame that his name is no longer known. 

Urbain J. Ledoux, also known as Mr. Zero, (1874 – 1941)

This man was a godsend to the homeless and jobless of not only New York City but of the entire nation.  Perhaps a deep religious instinct sent Urbain J. Ledoux among the poor and disinherited on the street of forgotten men. He would say that he was inspired by biblical text from the Sermon on the Mount, but we don’t really know what led him to dedicate his life to helping the men and women that he saw on the streets of the cities that he lived in. Not much is known about him. He was born in Quebec, of a poor family, who had worked the cotton mills of Conneticut. He was an educated man, who was appointed to the United States consulate at Quebec at the age of 21 and was later the commercial consul at Bordeaux, and Prague. He was noted there for having introduced the first file index system Prague had ever seen. He later became an executive for a firm producing denatured alcohol and about this time began to preach the universal brotherhood of man. He worked for world peace and even went to the Hague as a United States delegate.

In 1917, Ledoux worked for the Government War Camp Community Service, helping to feed and shelter transient soldiers.  The sight of so many dispossessed soldiers who had fought for the liberty of the nation affected him deeply and after the war he took up the cause of jobless soldiers. He opened a bakery in Broadway to feed and shelter them. In January 1921, he led a ragged delegation into Trinity Church in silent appeal for aid. He then hit on the idea of selling jobless soldiers at auction to highlight their cause, referring back to the auctioneering of slaves in previous times. “Here is an ex-soldier,” he would say. “He was with the sixth Marines in France. He was wounded. He is a carpenter. Who will bid?” The auction won country-wide attention but not universal approval.

Here is a picture from the Library of Congress showing Ledoux auctioning off one of his soldiers:

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/ggbain.33055/

In September, 1921, Ledoux tried to auction soldiers in Bryant Park in Manhattan, and on the steps of the Public Library but the New York City police would not let him.

The New York Times reported: “Scenes of wild disorder ensued upon the refusal of the police to allow Urbain Ledoux, to auction off jobless men in Bryant Park. Thousands of persons had gathered to witness the novel effort to find work for the men, and there were some thousand workers on hand, their indignation already whetted by the action of the police earlier in the day in refusing to allow Ledoux to feed them a wagon load of buns he had bought for them, or to permit him to hold a meeting in their behalf in a hall he had hired for that purpose.

“Milling crowds fought with police in front of the public library between 11 o’clock and midnight last night when the police, in heavy force, descended upon the jobless and drove them away. The police throughout the day, had exorted themselves to an extraordinary degree to thwart Ledoux’s efforts in behalf of those out of work. They had broken up and chased his crowds and prevented his meetings, as well as preventing his efforts to feed those he wanted to aid. Efforts were made last night to learn the purpose of the authorities in adopting such tactics but communication with Chief Inspector William J. Lahey and others failed to elicit any explanation. When Chief Inspector Lahey was asked for an explanation, he said: “No, I won’t give you any explanation. Good Night.”

“Liberty is dying in America,” Ledoux said. “You have seen today that the right of assembly and the right to petition have been denied. Freedom in America is slowly dying. What hope is there for it? Simply that public opinion may, in it’s great common sense, rise and protect these violated liberties which are guaranteed by the constitution. If New York stands for such things as I have seen today, what hope is there? My God, what will the end be? ”

Quotations like that remind me of the Occupy Wall St protestors that were seen last year in New York City, and his words are eerily prophetic of such scenes as the clearing of Zucotti park in which the protestors were encamped in November 2011. History repeating itself 90 years later?

In 1925, Ledoux opened a restaurant called ‘The Tub’ near the Bowery to feed and shelter the homeless. Ledoux himself explains “The Tub is one of the cleanest little restaurants in New York, where you can get meals for 5 cents – all you can eat. There is a barber shop where expert tonsorial work is dispensed for [almost nothing], and a tailor who cleans, presses and repairs a suit for 10 cents. There are expert electricians, carpenters, stationary engineers, pipefitters, plumbers, and other artisans temporarily out of work. A bookkeeper, a former C.P.A., accounts for every cent taken in.”

In 1928, Ledoux was responsible for saving many lives as the temperatures in New York City over the winter hit record lows. Lodging houses were turning away unfortunates after they had been filled to capacity. About 200 men, ranging in age from 20 to 75 years, were befriended by Urbain Ledoux, who distributed overcoats, sweaters, socks and shoes and other clothing to those most in need and even gave them entertainment in the form of songs, dances, and recitations, as well as soup and coffee at the Tub.

At holiday times Ledoux’s efforts were needed and appreciated even more, especially after the start of the Great Depression in 1929. This film featured from our collection of Fox Movietone News, shows Ledoux himself, with the men he was feeding and clothing, at Thanksgiving in 1929. The New York Times also reported on this generosity:

“Thanksgiving Feast Stewing At the Tub”  New York Times – 11/27/29

The special Mulligan Stew, with 1,000 turkeys to give it body, which will be served at The Tub, 12 St. Mark’s Place, on Thanksgiving Day, is being concocted, according to Urbain Ledoux, the owner, who is known as “Mr. Zero.”

The Mulligan, together with 1,000 pies and bread and coffee and other food, will be served to the Bowery’s wayfarers at the nominal price of 5 cents, cripples and others being exempted from any charge, Mr. Zero said, and he added that there would be a surprise feature for the day.

That will be the distribution of scores of overcoats and hundreds of leather jerkins, woolen shirts and other warm clothing, as he said a survey of the Bowery had revealed an unusual number in need of these articles.

This program will include prizes for songs, dances, recitations, jokes, the longest noses, feet, ears and legs, and the handsomest man and the homeliest man. The entire celebration being the largest Mr. Zero has ever planned.

This video, which you can watch in full here, http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3A1951 is the outtakes of the newsreel about Mr Zero, an event which was covered by several newsreels at the time. It shows Urbain as he speaks with the men who are being fed and shows them feasting on huge turkey legs.

Thanks to another newsreel from Universal, we have managed to name a few of the men featured. 4-5 mins into the newsreel two older gentlemen are shown, who we can name as Alfred Powell, 65, to the right of Mr Ledoux, and John Rist, 83, shown here on our left.

They seem to be enjoying their turkey to some kind of musical accompaniment. Urbain is then seen handing out turkey stew and later chatting with the men as he helps them into overcoats to help them survive the winter.

“What do you think of me as a tailor?…I got you well you couldn’t do any better on Baxter street…watch out that the tinpan market doesn’t get it …You wear it well… a muffler for you and what colour? …your eyes sparkle.”

A charming man, who seems to care for the men that he is helping. This was before the Great Depression fully kicked in and brought the country to its knees and soup kitchens weren’t as prevalent at this time as they were to become a few years later. Most places that would accept transients or down and outs were city run houses which were very strict and poorly resourced for helping the needy. Mr Zero was able to fill a gap in the system that for some people, especially returning soldiers, was a life saver.

Urbain Ledoux died in 1941, at the age of 66. The advent of the New Deal ended the desperate need for his labors. Men who had swarmed to his “Tubs” for hot coffee and unbuttered bread found that they could do better on government relief, a plan he had always urged. Mr. Zero became Urbain Ledoux again, having helped and been an inspiration to so many. Think of him this Thanksgiving and give thanks for the many unsung heroes in this world, like Mr Zero, who dedicate their lives to helping others in need and ask no thanks in return.

–Lydia Pappas, Curator, MIRC

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UFO – mystery film

Nesting birds–Gibbes–home movies

Its time for a UFO again and this month our Unidentified Filmed Object consists of 2 items, the area and the subject. This film is of nesting birds in a lake or wetlands area and we would like you to name the species of bird and, if possible, the lake or area that is filmed.

We don’t have much to go on ourselves. We do know that this film is from the Gibbes collection and was probably shot somewhere in South Carolina around 1939. What can you tell us about this film? Do you know where it was shot? We would love to be able to add more information to our description of this film and need your help to do so.

Please comment below or email us at: MIRC@sc.edu

 

Watch the entire video here: http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3A1375

View more films from this collection: http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3Agibbes/-/collection

Lydia Pappas, Curator, MIRC

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Feature Video–October 20th–Owens Field–Gibbes–home movies

Home Movie Day is upon us again and this year it is the 10th anniversary of the annual event. I have attended and assisted this event for the last few years in London, and this year will be both attending and extending my assistance to the Columbia, SC version that will be taking place at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia, from 3:30pm through to 6:30pm this saturday, October 20th.

Come One, Come All and bring your films too!

The film on the featured video is from a prominent Columbia family and shows Owens Field at its dedication in 1930, when it was called Columbia Municipal Airport and was the only airport serving the city. More than 15,000 people attended this opening and were amazed by spectacular flying machines.

This film comes from the collection of the Gibbes family. The collection was donated by Mrs Susan Gibbes Robinson, and were all shot by her father, J. Heyward Gibbes, a prominent Doctor and Chief Medical Consultant at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia. The films are a wonderful collection of home movies from the region and mainly feature Dr. Gibbes and his family enjoying their free time at home, at the beach, hunting and fishing and even playing golf. They range from the 1920s through to the 1960s and show some wonderful images of a family in the pursuit of various activities.

This picture shows Susan Gibbes and her sister Eugenia at the airfield and this weekend at Hollings Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library you can see an exhibition of Home Movies selected by curators from MIRC, which includes a selection of clips of Susan over the years as captured on film. There will be screens where films will play on a loop so you can drop in anytime to have a look at some of the home movie collections available for viewing. The selection will feature:

Screen 1: Susan Gibbes Robinson, a lifetime on film and

Screen 2: Cruise ships and Kodachrome, 30 years of home movie making

For more home movies from the Gibbes collection: http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3Agibbes/-/collection

For more information about Home Movie Day: http://homemovieday.com

For more information about HMD at Columbia: http://www.facebook.com/events/197294000403290/

Blog written by Lydia Pappas, Curator, MIRC

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Feature Video – Sept 20th – Olympic Athletes return

The Olympics, and Para-Olympics, are over in London,  and returning athletes from both these competitions are already home. However, in previous Olympics which took place around the world, it may have been many weeks or months before the athletes could return home, depending on where they had to travel to, and get back from.

Our feature video for this week shows athletes returning to the Port of New York from the 1920 Olympic Games, or the Games of the VII Olympiad, held in Antwerp, Belgium. Although we do not have a record of most of the athletes that are featured returning on this transport ship, we do know that the close up of a single athlete is of Mr. Patrick McDonald, a policeman with the City of New York and a prominent Irish-American.

Pat McDonald won the gold medal at the Olympic Games that year for the 56 pound weight throw event. In fact, not only did he win the event (at the age of forty) , but he set the world record which to this day has not been beaten.  He had preciously won the gold for the shot putt at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, although the weight throw event was his speciality, a popular event in Irelands traditional games and one at which his family excelled. After moving to America in the early 1900′s, he joined the police department in NYC in 1905, and served the force for over 40 years, retiring as a captain. He was a prominent member of the Irish American Athletic Club in the city and won many national and metropolitan championships in weight throwing.  He was a popular traffic cop, was nicknamed ‘Babe’, although he often stood out in his uniform at 6 foot 4 and over 280 pounds. To attend the Olympics he took a leave of absence without pay.

We would like to be able to name the other athletes that returned on the same transport ship as Patrick McDonald – can you help us identify them? One of them could be Hawaii born, Duke Kahanamoku, who had won an Olympic gold medal for the 100 meters freestyle and the men’s 4x200m relay in the swimming competition. One of them could also be Paddy Ryan, another Irish NY policeman, who not only won the silver in the same event as Pat McDonald, but who also went on to win the gold in the Hammer Throw event. Other athletes who attended this Olympics for the United States include Charley Paddock (Men’s 100m, Gold), Frankie Genaro (Boxing, Flyweight, Gold), Brutus Hamilton (Men’s Decathlon, Silver), and Nat Pendleton (Wrestling, Heavyweight, Silver).

Watch the whole video here: http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3A2108

Blog written by Lydia Pappas, Curator, MIRC

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UFO – Unidentified men on the street

Where were you on January 24th 1973? Were you in Florence, SC and were you stopped by a WBTW reporter on that day?

If so, you might recognize yourself in this featured video. We don’t know much about this local television news item.

http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3A1155

It was possibly filmed in Florence, SC – can you identify this building perhaps? Several men were stopped and asked their opinions about the peace accord with North Vietnam that was brokered by President Nixon the previous day. Were you one of them? Or can you identify these men?

Please contact us if you know who these passers by are or where this news film was filmed: MIRC@mailbox.sc.edu

Or leave a comment here on our blog for us.

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