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The War Art of Paul Nash (1917–1944)

- May 11, 2017 in first world war, paul nash, second world war, war, war artist, world war one, world war two

Depictions of the destroyed and broken landscapes of the First and Second World War by the English artist Paul Nash, amongst the most important landscape artists of the twentieth century.

The War Art of Paul Nash (1917–1944)

- May 11, 2017 in first world war, paul nash, second world war, war, war artist, world war one, world war two

Depictions of the destroyed and broken landscapes of the First and Second World War by the English artist Paul Nash, amongst the most important landscape artists of the twentieth century.

The War Art of Paul Nash (1917–1944)

- May 11, 2017 in first world war, paul nash, second world war, war, war artist, world war one, world war two

Depictions of the destroyed and broken landscapes of the First and Second World War by the English artist Paul Nash, amongst the most important landscape artists of the twentieth century.

Ignorant Armies: Private Snafu Goes to War

- March 25, 2015 in animation, army, atomic bomb, cartoons, film, manhattan project, private snafu, propoganda, second world war, war, warner bros., ww2, wwII

Between 1943 and 1945, with the help of Warner Bros.' finest, the U.S. Army produced a series of 27 propaganda cartoons depicting the calamitous adventures of Private Snafu. Mark David Kaufman explores the overarching theme of containment and how one film inadvertently let slip one of the war's greatest secrets.

Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style (1942)

- June 20, 2012 in Charles A. Ridley, Films, Films: 1940s, Films: Clip, Films: Comedy, Films: Documentary, hitler, lambeth walk, Leni Riefenstahl, nazi, non-article, propaganda, second world war, Triumph of the Will

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In 1942, Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information made a short propaganda film, “Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style”, which edited footage of Hitler and German soldiers from Leni Riefenstahl’s classic Triumph of the Will to make it appear as if they were marching and dancing to the song “The Lambeth Walk”. A member of the Nazi Party achieved attention in 1939 by declaring “The Lambeth Walk” (which was becoming popular in Berlin) to be “Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping” as part of a speech on how the “revolution of private life” was one of the next big tasks of National Socialism in Germany. The film so enraged Joseph Goebbels that reportedly he ran out of the screening room kicking chairs and screaming profanities. The propaganda film was distributed uncredited to newsreel companies, who would supply their own narration. This version is from the Universal Newsreel company: “The cleverest anti-Nazi propaganda yet! You will howl with glee when you see and hear what our London newsreel friends have cooked up for Hitler and his goose-stepping armies. The ‘Nasties’ skip and sway in tune to the Lambeth Walk!”

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    The Battle of San Pietro (1945)

    - March 8, 2012 in battle of san pietro, documentary, Films, john huston, non-article, second world war, us army, war, world war 2



    Documentary directed by John Huston who was commissioned by the US army to record their efforts to take Italy in the Battle of San Pietro Infine in 1943. The US Army ended up refusing to show the film because it was too honest in its portrayal of the high cost of battle and the difficulties faced. Huston and his crew were attached to the US Army’s 143rd regiment of the 36th division. Though a few scenes seem to be have been reconstructed outside of actual fighting, unlike many other military documentaries Huston’s cameramen did film alongside the infantrymen as they fought their way up the hills to reach San Pietro. These cameramen were in just as much danger as the soldiers on the ground, often within a few feet of mortars and shells exploding and bullets ricocheting nearby. The film is unflinching in its realism and was held up from being shown to the public by the United States Army. Huston quickly became unpopular with the Army, not only for the film but also for his response to the accusation that the film was anti-war. Huston responded that if he ever made a pro-war film, he should be shot. Because it showed dead GIs wrapped in mattress covers, some officers tried to prevent troopers in training from seeing it, for fear of it upsetting morale. General George Marshall came to the film’s defense, stating that because of the film’s gritty realism, it would make a good training film. The depiction of death would inspire them to take their training seriously. Subsequently the film was used for that purpose. Huston was no longer considered a pariah; he was decorated and made an honorary major. (Wikipedia)

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    CLIPSSHORTFULL LENGTH SILENTFULL LENGTH TALKIE
    Princess Nicotine (1909) 6min

    Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) 12min

    Last of the Mohicans (1920) 1hr11min

    Meet John Doe (1941) 2hr3min

    The Unappreciated Joke (1903) 1min

    Frankenstein (1910) 13min

    The General (1926) 1hr19min

    Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) 1hr19mins


    The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) 21sec

    The Great Train Robbery (1903) 10min

    Wolf Blood (1925) 1hr7min

    Reefer Madness (1938) 1hr8min

    The Kiss (1896) 25secs

    Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940) 20min

    Battleship Potemkin (1925) 1hr13min

    The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) 1hr57min

    Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901) 2min

    Are You Popular (1947) 10min

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) 1hr11min

    Scarlet Street (1945) 1hr43min

    Annie Oakley Fires Her Gun (1894) 20secs

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) 13min

    For The Term of His Natural Life (1927) 1hr33min

    The Last Man on Earth (1964) 1hr27min

    Operation Cue (1955) 52sec

    Never Weaken (1921) 28min

    Intolerance (1916) 2hr57min

    Quicksand (1950) 1hr18min

    Dutch Fashion Reel (1969) 1min50sec

    Betty Boop: Minnie The Moocher (1932) 7min46sec

    The Phantom of the Opera (1925) 1hr46min

    Suddenly (1954) 1hr16mins


    Buffalo Dance (1894) 14sec

    American Day in Tripoli, Libya (1962) 14min

    The Thief of Bagdad (1924) 2hr20min

    Five Minutes to Live (1961) 1hr14min

    VD is for Everybody (1969) 1min

    Your Name Here (1960) 10min10sec

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 1hr11min

    Cyrano De Bergerac (1950) 1hr53min

    The Enchanted Drawing (1900) 1min29sec

    The Night Before Christmas (1905) 8min44sec

    Stella Maris (1918) 1hr13min

    Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) 1hr40min

    Time-Lapse Demolition of the Star Theatre, New York (1901) 1min49sec

    The Dream of Mrs L.L. Nicholson from Oakland, California (1924) 7min23sec

    The Lost World (1925) 1hr8min

    Gulliver's Travels (1939) 1hr18min

    Dog Factory (1904) 4min37sec



    Alice in Wonderland (1915) 42min

    The Battle of San Pietro (1945) 43min

    Out of the Inkwell: The Tantalizing Fly (1919) 3min38sec

    Prelinger Archive 35mm Stock Footage

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