What's NEW in the Archive
1930-1955 Cityscapes, Hollywood Back Plates/Driving Plates Library in HD
We are proud to offer an extraordinary library of pristine footage shot between 1930-1955 of American cities and rural landscapes. The footage was photographed as establishing shots and "back plate" shots for use in golden era Hollywood films and short subjects.
All the footage was photographed by top Hollywood cinematographers working in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and many other urban locations. The vintage cityscapes include extended stationary shots of certain street corners, restaurants and bustling department stores. It offers an amazing "slice of life" of the times.
|Slice of American Small Town Life, 1940|
Besides the cityscape footage, the library also includes hours of western movie outtake scenes (cattle stampedes, Calvary charges, stage coach chases, establishing shots of rural towns,etc.) as well as rehearsals and outtakes of musical productions. A highlight is a screen test of Rita Hayworth's LEGS!!
|Western Town Stampede|
All shot in 35mm, the pristine nitrate negatives have been expertly transferred in high definition and the collection is currently being logged and added to Historic Films online database.
What's NEW In Production
"The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino & His Band"
|Fats and Dave in the Studio|
is well underway. We are hoping to have a locked picture by the end of this Spring. This 90 minute documentary, directed by Historic Film's Joe Lauro, will trace the early years of Fats Domino and his collaborator Dave Bartholomew, showing how they changed the course of New Orleans music and Rock & Roll.