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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

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HOW I FILMED THE WAR

GEOFFREY H. MALINS

1916

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2017-03-15

Finished How I Filmed the War by Lieut. Malins. Originally intended to shoot newsreel, he ended up creating three films, the most popular of which was The Battle of the Somme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_OZfaiUlc).

Times wrote: "Crowded audiences ... were interested and thrilled to have the realities of war brought so vividly before them, and [if] women had sometimes to shut their eyes to escape for a moment from the tragedy of the toll of battle which the film presents." Obviously, we've become a bit desensitized to this sort of thing. Particularly graphic stuff was, of course, cut.