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Screening of Historical Documentary: Wendell Willkie in China
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Presentation Room, Charles E. Young Research Library (11348 YRL), UCLA Library
The Richard C. Rudolph is pleased to present the film screening of the historical documentary, Wendell Willkie in China, featuring panelists from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and California State University, Long Beach.
In 1942, FDR sent Willkie, whom he had defeated in the 1940 Presidential election, on a 49 day goodwill and fact finding mission around the world. He flew in a converted B-24 Liberator aircraft, and left New York on August 26th. In China, he traveled to Chongqing, Lanzhou, Xi’an, and Chengdu. At a time when the Chinese people were exhausted after their resistance to the Japanese invasion for over ten years and their belief that the United States did not fully understand their plight, the visit was timely, to say the least. When he returned to the US, he wrote of his travels in “One World,” which became a huge best seller. He sold the films rights to Darryl Zanuck and 20th Century-Fox. Six months before his trip, Willkie spoke for 20 minutes as a special invited guest at the 14th Academy Awards on February 26, 1942. He came on after the Documentary Awards presentation and before the Short Subject Awards.
Ed Carter, Documentary Curator, Film Archive (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Teresa Sun, Professor Emeritus (California State University, Long Beach)