World War I Films of the Silent Era

World War I Films of the Silent Era

DVD - 2001
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These four short films show essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience while news films presented the most detailed and potent images of military life and front line action. Some news films were faked but some was authentic, obtained at great risk by daredevil combat cameramen. The fourth film is a 1975 compilation of early footage.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, 2001, c1916.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (167 min.) : sd., b&w with col. tinted sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Fighting the war / a Donald C. Thompson picture (1916)
The log of the U-35 / Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere (combined 1919 British version and 1920 American versions of original German film (1917) titled: Der Magische G?urtel (The Enchanted circle)
The secret game / Paramount (1917)
The moving picture boys in the Great War / Post-Newsweek Productions, The American Documents and Blackhawk Films (1975)
Summary: These four short films show essential news and propaganda functions of the movies during the Great War of 1914-1918. In those days before television and radio, fiction films in movie theaters were the most widely shared public experience while news films presented the most detailed and potent images of military life and front line action. Some news films were faked but some was authentic, obtained at great risk by daredevil combat cameramen. The fourth film is a 1975 compilation of early footage.

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Sep 23, 2017

Very interesting collection of old WWI film. All of them are very different. First is a collection of actual war footage shot by a daring American cameraman. The 2nd one was a German film. It was hard to watch for me. It shows ships being sunk by a particular German U-boat. 3rd is a silent movie, with music added. It was about German spies in the US. Last was a film about American propaganda films. It contained a lot of footage I'd never seen before. It was silent film, but a narration by Lowell Thomas was included. I would recommend this DVD. It was unique among the library's collection of Great War videos.

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