Thursday, July 02, 2009

As you have never seen them before … | Media | The Guardian

News footage of a Middle Eastern vice-president being given a guided tour of a French nuclear power station is, arguably, dull until you realise it is a young Saddam Hussein. Or the education minister campaigning for a yes vote on Europe dressed in a fetching woollen sweater with all the EEC flags on it. That would be Margaret Thatcher.

The clips are part of an enormous archive of 16mm film that has lain unloved and unwatched since it was originally broadcast on news bulletins in the 1960s and 1970s. About 20,000 film cans, containing 3,500 hours of international footage, has for decades been stored in a labyrinth of tunnels deep underground in central London – the same bunker that Eisenhower used when he was directing the D-day landings.
As you have never seen them before … | Media | The Guardian
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