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Sunday, March 26, 2006

"Lost" gene Hackman film unearthed.


A montage of screenshots.

Conelrad reports: "A couple of years after his scene stealing performance as the piggish Norman in Robert Rossen's LILITH (1964) and mere months before his first Academy Award-nominated role as Buck Barrow in Arthur Penn's BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967), Gene Hackman brought his considerable, Broadway-honed acting skills to a 16mm, 22 minute U.S. government Civil Defense instructional film dynamically entitled COMMUNITY SHELTER PLANNING (1966). When CONELRAD first learned of the existence of this film in 2000, we launched a no-holds-barred effort to locate it. After a six year search in which we annoyed scores of government archivists, public librarians and private film collectors, we are very pleased to announce that we have finally obtained a print of this elusive motion picture. ..."

Continue to read about this "lost" Gene Hackman film over at Conelrad: Community Shelter Planning: "Lost" Gene Hackman Film Unearthed.

Two video clips from COMMUNITY SHELTER PLANNING are available for viewing at Conelrad's YouTube page or at Google Videos: Clip 1 & Clip 2.

"The first of two clips from a Cold War 'relic' unearthed from the "Golden Age of Homeland Security" - "Community Shelter Planning" starring Gene Hackman as Civil Defense Regional Officer Donald Ross. The 22 minute training film was made by the Office of Civil Defense/DOD, a forerunner of FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The film does not appear in the actor's filmography... "

Thanks Ken!