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Trove of historic film

July 03, 2009|Associated Press

The Associated Press is digitizing and has begun to release a "treasure trove" of historical film footage from the 1960s and '70s that had been sitting in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's former World War II headquarters in London.

The archive includes color film recordings of a young Yasser Arafat, Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi immediately after taking power, Richard Nixon with Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Fidel Castro meeting Latin American and Eastern European leaders, as well as a young Saddam Hussein in Paris.

"The range and quality of what we're finding in this lost archive is breathtaking and it's incredibly exciting to be unearthing new history in this way," said Alwyn Lindsey, AP's director of international archives.

The footage had been sitting for decades in the Central London bunker, from which Eisenhower directed the D-Day landings.

Notable items include Jane Fonda's controversial visit to North Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War and Elizabeth Taylor's star-studded 40th birthday party in 1972.

There are other cultural moments, too, from hippies at music festivals to what the AP called "amazingly bizarre fashion shoots."

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