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The Battle of the Somme

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British forces, chiefly 7th and 29th Divisions, on the first day of the Somme offensive, Western Front, 1 July 1916. The classic First World War film in every sense, widely used for stockshots even today. It established the basic structure of the 'big battle' film, which was to continue for a further two productions until the spring of 1917. The only British official film to have a major impact on the perception of the war, both at the time and in historical terms. Also the only official film of the war with a claim to be regarded as great art in its own right. The unprecedented and unexpected public success of this film established cinema as a major factor in British propaganda for the rest of the war. A detailed shotsheet and analysis of the film has been published to accompany video distribution of the film.

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010-00001400
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Imperial War Museum (films)
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The Battle of the Somme
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MovingImage
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Editor: C.A. Urban, Geoffrey H. Malins Camera: Geoffrey H. Malins. J.B. McDowell
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British forces, chiefly 7th and 29th Divisions, on the first day of the Somme offensive, Western Front, 1 July 1916. The classic First World War film in every sense, widely used for stockshots even today. It established the basic structure of the 'big battle' film, which was to continue for a further two productions until the spring of 1917. The only British official film to have a major impact on the perception of the war, both at the time and in historical terms. Also the only official film of the war with a claim to be regarded as great art in its own right. The unprecedented and unexpected public success of this film established cinema as a major factor in British propaganda for the rest of the war. A detailed shotsheet and analysis of the film has been published to accompany video distribution of the film.
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France
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