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How I Filmed the War: Record of the…

How I Filmed the War: Record of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Man…

by Geoffrey H Malins

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Good reading, but very self serving. ( )
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Geoffrey Malins was the first filmmaker to ever capture actual battlefield footage. Notably, this took place during one of history's deadliest battles, The Battle of the Somme. This is a fascinating first-hand account of Malins' experiences on and around the battlefields of World War I.
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TO PUT ONE'S HEAD ABOVE THE PARAPET OF A TRENCH, WITH THE GERMANS ONLY SEVENTY-FIVE YARDS AWAY, AND TO TAKE A KINEMATOGRAPH PICTURE OF A BOMBARDMENT, IS NOT ONE OF THE WISEST - OR SAFEST - THINGS TO DO! An official British photographer assigned to the Western Front during the First World War, Geoffrey Malins was a major contributor of footage to the 1916 documentary film The Battle of the Somme. Here, he tells of his experiences: filming No Man's Land from three thousand feet above in a biplane; using a camouflaged camera under heavy shell-fire; having his service cap plucked from his head by a bullet ?… (more)

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