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Der Augenzeuge 1965/34   [Original Title]

Eyewitness Reports 1965/34   [Title Translation]
Country of Origin: German Democratic Republic
Year of origin: 1965
Genre: Documentary Film
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Production Company: DEFA

Dresden (GDR) - The development of the typewriter is illustrated with the collection of the Technische UniversitŠt Dresden: secretaries working on current typewriters; the first functional model dating from 1864; several veterans from the typewriter collection of the TU Dresden; including a “Dactyle Paris”; modern models from after 1945; including an American model by IBM; an “Optima” from the GDR; a text is typed on an “Optima”: “We were filming for you in the typewriter collection of the TU Dresden.”

"A tracking shot through world history"
Hiroshima/Japan, 1946, 1965 - 20 years after the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945: several airborne US bombers; an aerial shot of a region in Japan; take-off of the B-52 carrying the atom bomb; a pilot at the controls; opening the bomb hatch; spectators on battleships; people on deck put on protective goggles; an expanding mushroom cloud; long shot from above on the scorched earth of Hiroshima

Washington D.C./USA, 1965 - US President Lyndon Baynes Johnson sends further troops to Vietnam: President Lyndon Baynes Johnson takes the microphone at a press conference; he speaks; an LED marquee sign on a high-rise building reads "50,000 Troops To US Forces To Vietnam"; recruits standing in line; swearing the oath; soldiers on a troop carrier; reporters on the quay before an arriving ship; many US soldiers at the railings; an individual soldier among the troops; a banner is unfolded next to the US flag; again a shot of an individual soldier

Geneva/Switzerland, 1965 - The meeting of the 18-Nation Committee on Disarmament at the Palace of Nations starting August 3, 1965, which aimed at an international treaty prohibiting the proliferation of nuclear weapons: the delegates of the disarmament conference sit at a rectangular table in the Palace of Nations in Geneva; the delegates of the "United Kingdom"; the chief delegate of the USSR, Ambassador Semen Konstantinovich Zarapkin, in conversation; delegates from "Poland"; from "Nigeria"; "Mexico"; chairman Ambassador Semen Konstantinovich Zarapkin from the "USSR"

Helgoland (FRG) - CSU/CDU campaign for the Bundestag elections on September 19, 1965: CSU party conference, the party executive committee seen from a distance, the slogan "CSU - Our security"; Chancellor Ludwig Erhard appears as a guest; camera operators shooting footage; CSU chairman Franz Josef Strau§ at the lectern; Hermann Hšcherl (Home Secretary) is seen among the crowd; Ludwig Erhard speaks; a formal reception at Bonn Airport for Moise TshombŽ, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a battleship supporting the US in Vietnam; Chancellor Ludwig Erhard during the campaign for the September 19, 1965, elections together with other people on a motorboat near Helgoland; tourists on a bench; Ludwig Erhard arrives at the quay; Ludwig Erhard arrives at the conference, Karl-GŸnther von Hase (State Secretary and Head of the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government); views of the island

"A Report"
Berlin/GDR, 1965 - “Hot and crazy”, the new summer programme of the Friedrichstadt-Palast - a popular act featuring Mister Tott, a sea-lion: the weather in Berlin is not living up to the title of the new summer programme of the Friedrichstadt-Palast, "hot and crazy": two women cross a street in the rain; cars and a tram on a flooded road; women seeking shelter from the rain; a passer-by with an umbrella tests the depth of the water on the roadside before wading through; another woman crosses a wet zebra crossing; a woman carrying an umbrella and holding her shoes in her other hand; a basin in the auditorium of the Friedrichstadt-Palast is filled with water; a woman is cleaning the floor; a look at the orchestra pit, where a man is working on the grand piano; Tott the sea-lion on the stairs with his Danish trainer Ina; during rehearsals; Director Wolfgang E. Struck at the director’s desk; musicians on their seats; workers carrying props; female dancers rehearsing on stage; the stage manager; Fokuston, an acrobat from the CSSR, performs a musical clown act; stagehands moving props; Heinz Riess from the FRG is singing; scenes from the programme featuring Mister Tott and his trainer

"Sport in Pictures"
A rugby match between teams from France and Wales: scenes from the match; an excited audience; a victory for France

Kiev (USSR) - A national track and field competition between the USSR and the US held from July 31 to August 1, 1965, at the Kiev Arena. A total victory for the athletes from the USSR with 184.5 : 155.5 points: both teams march into the arena; start of the men’s 110-metre hurdles; a victory for the American William Davenport; at the pole vault John Pannel hits the bar at 4.95 metres; a victory for Plisnyesov, a Ukrainian student; with 6.30 metres US athlete Willi Wright comes in second in the women’s long jump competition; the men’s 5.000 metres: Bob Schul takes the lead on the finishing straight; Pyotr Grigorevich Bolotnikov from the USSR struggles to keep up

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