Oscar’s Docs 1953–75: Nature and Humanity

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Feb 8–14, 2010

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Albert Schweitzer. 1957. USA. Produced and directed by Jerome Hill

This year Oscar’s Docs, the annual collaboration between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Department of Film, features documentary films from the 1950s through the 1970s that explore the natural world in all its complexity. Stunning precursors to today’s “green” films, these Oscar-nominated shorts and feature-length nonfiction films prioritize a sense of adventure and urgency in their structure and advocacy. From world-renowned greats such as Jerome Hill and Jacques-Yves Cousteau to father-and-son amateur filmmakers, and across locations as far-flung as Mount Everest and the Serengeti, this is the kind of cinema that first made us love the great outdoors and all its treasures.

Organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Ed Carter, Documentary Curator, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Thanks to the Jerome Foundation, Warner Bros., Ms. Michal Anne Crowley, Robert Amram, Barbara Bibas, Arthur Cohn, Robert Amram, Robin Lehman, The Cousteau Society, and Okapia KG Michael Grzimek & Co.

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