“Hollywood Invasion,”a documentary film entirely made with NBC News archival footage, will be featured at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, according to an August 31, 2011, press announcement from NBC. The film will also premiere on Studio Universal . The film includes footage from cinema and news footage of key events from the 1950s to the late 1970s.
“Hollywood Invasion’ was selected as the Special Event in the Controcampo Italiano section, at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Written and directed by Marco Spagnoli, “Hollywood Invasion” will have its world premiere at the prestigious film festival on September 8th, 2011.
The film offers a view of international cinema from the 1950s to the end of the 1970s, as the American and European cinema intertwined. American cinema arrived in Europe, while European movie stars graced the screens on American Cinema. The film is set against a background of memorable cultural, social and political ferment, brought to life through images captured by NBC News.
Filmmaker Marco Spagnoli traveled from Rome to New York and spent a full week screening footage at the NBC News Archives at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
“This very rare footage seemed to be just waiting for me to discover! The material I found was so incredibly illustrative, that it established the storyline, the form and the meaning of the documentary,” said Spagnoli.
“We are excited to offer unprecedented access to documentary producers who are interested in mining NBC’s rich archives to tell new stories. The goal of our archives is to share historical footage shot by NBC News with new audiences and new markets, and our ambition is to work with more filmmakers to do just this,” said Clara Fon-Sing, VP & General Manager of NBC News Archives Sales and Strategy.
Spagnoli discovered that the film archives held footage of historic events and moments of film history. The archives contained what many experts consider to be the best existing footage of the filming of “Ben Hur” and a 1966 report featuring shots of a very young and still unknown Clint Eastwood.
The documentary also includes remarkable and intimate footage of actress Sofia Loren in Paris, and coverage of President John F. Kennedy on a trip in Naples, Italy, just four months before his death. The historical clips illustrate the important social and political scene of these decades, such as the Civil Rights rallies with Martin Luther King, Yves Montand and Harry Belafonte, and women’s rights movements.
“We are literally opening our archives, and encourage clients to come in and uncover outtakes never used before and shots rarely seen,” adds Fon-Sing. “‘Hollywood Invasion’ is a perfect example of an innovative project that came to life thanks to our rich archives and we look forward to creating more.”
“Hollywood Invasion” will have its television premiere on Studio Universal—Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
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