ALCF Leonard Wood Sizemore Home Movies Clip 9712 1
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Clip 9712 is part of the Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire Collection. Leonard Sizemore is the primary filmmaker though the films were selected specifically to include other family members perspectives who are behind the camera. It was a Sizemore family legacy of filmmaking and photography, each viewing the family’s lives together, and through their independent eye, with varied framing, panning, and topics chosen to record. His daughter, Lillian Sizemore is the current custodian of the family films.
This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through the 2017 National grant awarded to Lillian Sizemore by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm.
For more information about this collection, visit: https://www.allarvickfund.org/leonard-wood-sizemore
The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education, and the public accessibility of American analog home & amateur audiovisual materials. For more information, visit allarvickfund.org.
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The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Leonard W. Sizemore, Feb. 4, 1920 - Nov. 17, 2000
Wife/Mother: Gisella C. Sizemore, March 14 1928 -
Son: Norman E. Sizemore, b.1952
Daughter: Lillian Sizemore b. 1957
Daughter: Melissa Sizemore (Hurley) b. 1959
Others in this specific footage include:
Liliana and Gianni Caputo (aka Zia and Zio)
Anarosa Ceragioli and husband and son (friend of Gisella and Lilly)
Collection title: Leonard Wood Sizemore Cold War Family Campfire
Original format: 8mm & Super 8 film, color, silent
Digital format: Footage captured at 2k resolution of 2048 x 1556
Collection size: Approx. 2300ft
Circa: 1955 - 1981
Label on original can:
LS Archive REEL 7 - 6” mottled grey can— 300 ft
Riviera, March-April 1960 (in Gisella’s handwriting)
The Films of Leonard W. Sizemore, Descriptions by Lillian Sizemore
Leonard Wood Sizemore (1920-2000) was an American soldier, a mechanic, a watchmaker, and an early adaptor of new technologies. Leonard married his Italian 'war-bride', Gisella, in Milan, Italy in 1947 and together they came to America to begin anew. Leonard always managed to have the latest "gizmos". He had good cameras, and he knew how to use them. Leonard taught the whole family how to pan and shoot and they all had a hand in filming over the years. Leonard made great strides in his life after having grown up in poverty in rural Kentucky, his 8mm home movies from the 1950s-80s depict a white 'Middle America' with a love of family and friends, antique cars, parades and picnics. Leonard kept the campfires glowing around his meaty grills and lively home movie nights. This poignant footage depicts a pursuit of the 'American Dream' taking place in-the-midst of political assassinations, cold war friction and civil rights marches.
Gisella Sizemore, primary. In March 1960 Leonard gave Gisella the movie camera for her solo trip to visit her younger and only sister, Liliana. Liliana and her husband Gianni lived in Milan Zia (Lilly) worked at Trans World Airlines (TWA) and would have had access to Transatlantic air bookings. They traveled together by car (Fiat Nuovo 500) to Venice and the Italian Riviera (Costa Azzurra). Mom and Dad had three little kids by this time (Norman, Lillian, and Melissa), and Dad took care of the kids along with help from his Aunt Anna Lou who lived down the street. The footage is double exposed in many parts, likely due to her unfamiliarity with the camera's functions, and adds an abstracted, enigmatic quality to the viewing experience and content.
View of airport, (probably O'Hare, Chicago?) propeller planes on runway
View from the sky, shot out airplane window
One can see plane shadow in the landscape below,
arriving in Milan Italy probably Malpensa airport.
more aerials, shows propeller
alps with snow
propeller engine view, again but from other side of plane?
dark footage :arrival in city of Milan
shaky shot of TWA building - where Zia worked in Milan (Trans World Airlines)
views of Piazza Napoli, where Zia lived
driving in the car
apartment towers and scene of street car,
driving outside of city
going up to Caldana (?), a family vacation home in the mountains -
FIAT signage on craggy tree
view of a town near base of mountains
Cut to Lago di Varese? (possibly Lago di Como? Lago Maggiore?)
Cut to Zia, panning up the hillsides, orange boats on the edge of lake, cafe, fish tank in a restaurant
Zio in sweater vest, men walking
cars, view of lake
looking down at stairs, ambient shot and geraniums
4:30 Pan to Mom and Anarosa - and little boy, Anarosa's son wearing a little grey tweed coat and matching cap, stand on balcony
pan to palm trees in the wind
This must have been in Eze, or possibly Nice, at border of France and Italy, where Anarosa lived.
Zia and little boy on a swing seat, in a restaurant garden,
close up of little boy and Zia on green swing,
waiter sweeps in background with a homemade broom
Anarosa's husband and Zio, for a flash
5:31 CU of Anarosa, in red coat and blouse sitting on a red swing, and her son in blue cap on a green swing
Pan of palm trees, boulevard, retaining wall, well-kept primulas, and flower gardens promenade.
7:00 rooftop shot of the sea from hotel room
A restaurant, could be in Ospedaleti (coastal town)
Zia and Zio at dinner table. Zia smokes a cigarette against a red wall, flowers on table.
looking down at the sea.
pan of the hotel with grey-blue Fiat parking outside (Zio's car)
8:00 shots through the windshield of car, driving shots around curvy coastal roads
8:25 a big American car , black and white with tail wings, French license plate - Mom most likely grabbed shot this because it was similar to our family car at home and wanted to show Dad…also unusual at the time to see a large imported car.
8:38 San Remo - Monte Carlo, view of "Casino Municipal" of Monte Carlo - pan of the streets and palm lined costal boulevards Via Matteotti.
seaside driving shot
9:08 schoolyard shot, recess, children playing and running, dressed in "grembule" (girls in white, boys in black; aprons to protect clothing, a traditional school uniform) seen from hotel window.
pan of the sea views
9:22 - Pan to Mom in a sapphire blue coat, pearl earrings, white blouse, leaning on balcony, she would have been 32 years old here. (Zio Gianni most likely shot this footage)
9:38 CUT TO CU flower beds
Dramatic shots down the rocky cliffs, promontories, and sea coast to Mediterranean Sea
10:30 shot of Zia and Zio on balcony - Zio in baby blue v-neck sweater, white shirt and with red-white-blue striped tie,
cut to sea
cut to flowers and sea
Pan up to a large Tower
it is the Acensore Balzi Rossi (Balzi Rossi Elevator) on the Italian Riviera, near Ventimiglia
at the border of France and Italy. iIt was demolished in the 1960s. youtube video of demolition:
Zio and Zia point to something at the sea edge, crashing waves and rocks.
11:09 DOUBLE EXPOSURE begins.
because they were passing the camera back and forth between Mom, Zio and Zia, it must have been unclear who was changing the film.
view of retaining wall and tower against the seas side
Cut to mom, and driving road scenes
Zio and Mom and "Scotch Club ? sign (Zia shooting)
seas side over casino
casino over cars
parks over casino Monte Carlo stripped guard houses
woman talks to guard, flowers over mom in blue coat
cannons, and sea view
driving footage over city shots
marina shots over buildings
city scapes over sea side views
police car red and black marina
direction street signs to Menton and Casino
13:46 Zio parking the grey-blue Fiat, over driving scenes, Zio next to the car.
Note how the door opens, hinged at the rear!
It is the Fiat 500 Nuova. The Nuova 500 is one of three models featuring "suicide doors"
it was produced 1957-1960.
14:00 normal shot again
waves crashing deep blue
14:14 cut to pan of shoreline and people sitting on the seaside promenade benches, evening light is warm, but people are wearing hats and coats, cool weather of March, 1960.
object in front . seaside passeggiata, people walking, chairs put up and folded
more pans of seaside and view down from hotel
15:11 views of sea and side of road big blue passenger bus goes by.
more views of sea, more views of rocks and cliffs
15:25 cut to Italian flag waving/ border crossing guard station (Border from France to Italy)
15:37 cut to sea views blue very blue… pan to shoreline,
must be driving back to Milan, could be a view of Genoa
(film is NOT spliced in chronological sequence)
16:00 views of unidentified seaside town tile roofs and stately Italianate architecture
16:33 driving scenes going through tunnels, , sea side, view from up high, cliffs, mountains
Ligurian coast line
17:45 view of large buildings from above, red clay tennis courts, dozens of them. (Campi da tennis)
could be near Alessandria
18:29 driving through tunnels
18:55 Pan up to a castle on the hill, car pulled over, to view the town up at the summit the hill side
more driving another pan view of a very large city, could be Genoa?
shots from down by the marina, yachts and cars parked, larger steamer ships docked.
21:03 yachts bobbing in the slips
21:07 a smaller wooden motor boat cruises by in the water
21:19 = cut to a docked yacht flying the American Flag
cut to a garden, Zia walks by, view of flowers and seating area gazebo
sunny day, garden, flowers, palm trees
cut to passeggiatta around the sea side.
Zio walks toward the camera smiling
shot of bronze sculpture: a nude male figure riding a horse head submerged in water, as sea horse?
(can it be indentified? - could help ID the park.)
22:25 cut to people sitting in the sun on park benches
22:33 cut to man walking along promenade, with pan to CU of Mom.
22:40 cut to vespa rides by on hotel row of seaside town white buildings
promenade, view of sea construction cranes in background
23:06 driving again, dashboard shot, shows some kind of sticker on windshield "cappelli' a parking sticker? following grey car,
last 20 seconds of film running are blank.
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