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Spring 2001 Newsletter

Norman Bel Geddes Film Featured by Motion Picture Academy

Image of men diving into pool

From Billy Rose’s Aquacade. Ransom Center Film Collection.

On the evening of Friday, November 17, the Ransom Center's Steve Wilson presented a film in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  It was the Archival Screening Night, the high point of the annual conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.  The film, Billy Rose's Aquacade, is from the Norman Bel Geddes Collection and was preserved this year thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.  Billy Rose's Aquacade is an aquatic extravaganza featuring water ballet, comedy and trick diving and an appearance by Johnny Weismuller.  It was one of the most popular attractions at the 1939 New York World's Fair. 

Other organizations presenting films at the Archival Screening Night were the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, George Eastman House, UCLA, MGM/UA and Sony Pictures.

Steve Wilson
Ransom Center Film Curator


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