I am trying to find the right form at the end of this sentence.
In 1943, during the second world war, a German film archive disappears/disappeared.
To me (non native) both sounds good. Using "disappears" sounds a bit more dramatic, while disappeared sounds more dry and academic. I want to use the sentence in a summary of a film, so I am leaning towards disappears.
My questions are:
1. Are both correct (and I would appreciate a reference to a rule if there is one)
2. If they are correct, is my feeling for the different use in the right direction?
The use of the historical present tense is fine and very common in a film/book synopsis.
It can become tiresome in a long historical narrative, so should be used sparingly.
(Capitalise Second World War.)