Disturbing footage reveals devastating effects of shell shock on WW1 soldiers as they were treated in Devon hospital
Uncontrollable shaking, nightmares and severe convulsions were among the most devastating symptoms suffered by the many WW1 soldiers who suffered shell shock. By the end of the war, 80,000 men who had endured the horrors of battle were struggling to return to normality. And here, disturbing footage compiled by British Pathé film archivists brings home the terrifying reality that for many the war never really ended. At the time, most shell shock victims were treated harshly and with little sympathy as their symptoms were not understood and they were seen as a sign of weakness. But at Newton Abbott's Seale Hayne in Devon, the approach was very different due to the revolutionary approach of a doctor called Arthur Hurst, who believed he could cure every shell shock victim.
War Horse film review (photos + trailer)
Like the Duchess of Cambridge at the premiere, I wept. You probably will, too. Anyone in doubt whether this most theatrical of plays could make the transition to the more realistic medium of cinema can rest easy. Steven Spielberg, has fashioned Michael Morpurgo`s novel into a moving picture. There are many superb battle scenes, including a suicidal cavalry charge and the Battle of the Somme itself. But Spielberg never loses control of the horse`s story, or the human ones.
WW1 footage, Australia's earliest attempt at a war documentary, available online
Rare footage of Australian soldiers at the 1916 Battle of Pozieres, filmed for what is thought to have been Australia's earliest attempt at a war documentary, has been made available online. The 10-minute footage has been published in collaboration with the Australian War Memorial. In the video, Australian troops are shown building trenches and preparing for battle in Pozieres. The footage also shows British howitzers shelling German positions and Australian field guns joining the bombardment.
The First World War from Above - Documentary film
The recently rediscovered film footage and aerial reconnaisance photographs - from a French airship which reviewed the damage after the First World War - provide a different view to the trenches, battlefields and ruins.
Paths of Glory: The Criterion Collection (DVD review)
Though Paths of Glory was his 4th feature film in a career that would only reach 13, Stanley Kubrick was not a big name when he made it. Paths of Glory is Kubrick's first film with a big movie star and his first viewed as something truly special. Based on a novel inspired by true events, the film tells the story of an injustice within the French army as they try to stave off German forces in 1916. Paths of Glory begins with General Broulard approaching General Mireau about taking "The Anthill" from the Germans. Mireau refuses it as an impossible mission, until Broulard mentions that Mireau is considered for a promotion.
WWI film "Beneath Hill 60" tells the story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company`s effort to mine beneath a German bunker
Beneath Hill 60 tells a true story of how Australia pulled off one of the great feats of the First World War. Instead of going over the sandbags, this war film is about a group of Australian miners sent to bring about one of the biggest explosions of the war. Beneath Hill 60 recounts the history of a battalion of Australian miners recruited to tunnel through a hill under German lines on France's Western Front in 1916. A massive blast, set off by the soldiers in the excavation, was the biggest man-made explosion recorded at the time - and heard as far away as London.
Flanders House recordings - WW1 soldiers talking at Flanders House, in Glasgow
The songs and interviews of the First World War soldiers heard in this video were recorded at Flanders House in Glasgow 30 years ago.
Previously unseen film clips of WWI Battle of Gallipoli released
Turkey's military has released previously unseen film clips and photographs of the First World War Battle of Gallipoli to coincide with the 94th anniversary of the campaign. The clips, posted on the military's Web site, show scenes from Turkish soldiers' preparations for war as well as scenes from the war front. On April 25, 1915, troops from Australia and New Zealand landed on the Gallipoli peninsula to carry out a doomed campaign against Ottoman Turks.
Video: First World War trenches discovered in Folkestone
A unique system of First World War trenches, which lay undiscovered for nearly a century, has been uncovered by a team of archaeologists and historians in Folkestone.
Most of the First World War film footage is re-enacted
Trenches, antique tanks, barbed wire, grey crater landscapes: The pictures of World War I in our minds are mostly the product of present-day film footage. Historians looking into the film stock of the Great War are more and more skeptical about its authenticity. It turns out only a small percentage of it is real. While today the re-enacting of historical events in supposedly "objective" documentary films is controversial, in the 1920s it was normal. Only 12%-20% of the motion picture material of old WWI documentary films shows real scenes from the war the rest of the sometimes dramatic footage was later re-enacted or was filmed during maneuvers.
"The Great War, the Great Movies" film series is about women and WWI (Article no longer available from the original source)
When thinking about the First World War, most people imagine doughboys, bloody battles and men in muddy trenches. The one thing they normally don't picture: Women. But that may change if the WWI Museum and the National Archives-Central Plains Region have anything to say about it. The two are co-sponsoring a film series about women's role in the First World War. The theme for the "The Great War, the Great Movies" film series is women in World War I. The 5 films will be shown in the 230-seat J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the museum and introduced by professor and film historian John Tibbetts.
BBC launches campaign to mark 90th anniversary of WWI Armistice
The BBC is launching a series of remembrance documentaries, dramas and live events to mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, which marked the end of World War One. In the days leading up to November 11, "1918-2008: Ninety Years Of Remembrance" -series will run across BBC. BBC One is set to broadcast several programs including "My Family At War", which features 8 TV presenters uncovering emotional war stories in their family history, including Jo Brand. It will also broadcast the main event, "Festival Of Remembrance" on November 11. BBC Two shows a Timewatch documentary on WWI, hosted by Michael Palin, that will look at who were the last soldiers to die in WWI.
Film of Somme to be shown - First World War footage
Archive footage of Manchester soldiers during the Battle of the Somme is being shown at a one-off screening in the Imperial War Museum. The 80-min film features the Manchester Regiment in a seized German trench as well as Lancashire Fusiliers under heavy gunfire. Released in 1916 the film has been digitally remastered. Experts think that the footage is the earliest in existence showing soldiers being killed in battle. Screening will be set against a background of WWI collections and live music. The footage will run alongside portraits of 125 fallen soldiers and a stop-frame propaganda film made for British Home Front audiences.
Rare Gallipoli film to screen on Auckland museum wall
Heroes of Gallipoli, the only film of Anzac troops at Gallipoli, will be shown outside the Auckland Museum on the 3 nights before the Anzac Day. The 20-min film will play 7.30pm - 10pm. British journalist Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett is thought to have filmed the footage, discovered in a compilation of WWI film sold to the Australian War Memorial in 1938. Bartlett was the only person known to have a motion picture camera on the Turkish peninsula. One scene shows 5 officers walking one-by-one towards the camera, the first wearing a topi, a British colonial sun helmet.
Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, a World War I movie, is set in France during the long stalemate of 1916, when advances were measured in inches and thousands died uselessly, the movie is about a failed French attack in the aftermath of which 3 innocent soldiers are court-martialled for cowardice in order to save the honour of the general who commanded it. Kubrick gives us only one battle scene, and it is gloomy. Most of the movie is about the differences between the officers, who work in a first-class château, and the sleepless men who are covered in mud.
The only cine-film of Gallipoli campaign on Australia's documentary heritage list
The only known cine-film of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign has been included to a list of Australia's documentary heritage. The film - Dardanelles Expedition: Heroes of Gallipoli - was made by English war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett in 1915, showing scenes at Anzac Cove, Cape Helles and Suvla Bay. Only 20 minutes of footage has survived, 20% of the original 3000m of film, because of the unstable nature of early nitrate film stock. The film has been listed with the Unesco Australian Memory of the World programme. The footage is a unique record of the Gallipoli campaign.
Battleship HMS Dominion sails on to big screen for first time in a century (Article no longer available from the original source)
Long-lost film of warship HMS Dominion is set to be shown in public after over a century. Footage of the launch is to take centre stage at a Blackpool and the North West on Film event. Lost for decades, some of the films were discovered in 1994 and 800 reels were acquired by the British Film Institute. HMS Dominion was a King Edward VII-class Royal Navy battleship, laid down at Vickers on May 23, 1902. She was at Rosyth in Fife as part of the Third Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet at the outbreak of WW1. After the squadron was moved to Sheerness in 1916, Dominion was without success attacked by a German submarine and by June 1917 was under refit at Portsmouth.
Rare footage of Lawrence of Arabia at the Australian War Memorial
Rare footage of Lawrence of Arabia is part of an exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. British soldier Thomas Edward Lawrence was made famed by the movie of the same name which romantically presented his life during World War I. The two minute film from March 1918 shows Lawrence of Arabia with Emir Feisal, leader of the 1916-1918 Arab Revolt. The documentary war film by Lowell Thomas also shows camel-mounted members of Feisal's Arab army after their successful attack on the Sinai port of Akaba. Thomas screened the film to millions in UK and US in the 1920s but this is the first time it has been shown to Australian audiences.
Battlefilm: U.S. Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures Of The Great War
Knowledgeably compiled by Phillip W. Stewart (a retired U.S. Air force Lt. Colonel) "Battlefilm: U.S. Army Signal Corps Motion Pictures Of The Great War" details 467 film titles dealing with America's involvement in the First World War 1914-1918. A seminal work of exhaustive research characterized by a logical layout and an extensive index, "Battlefilm" is a catalog of the WWI era documentary films in Record Group 111 stored at the US National Archives and designed to help researchers, authors, and documentary film makers to find films and scenes they need.
ITV: My Boy Jack, starring Daniel Radcliffe, marks Remembrance Day
Daniel Radcliffe, Kim Cattrall and David Haig will help mark Remembrance Day in an ITV film about the First World War. "My Boy Jack" tells the story of how author Rudyard Kipling (Haig) used his influence to get his son Jack Radcliffe a commission with the Irish Guards. Previously a stage play written by Haig, the script has now been adapted so it would work for the small screen. It took him 22 years of research and writing to bring story to life. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who discovered his great-uncle had fought in WWI, was not even born when Haig first started developing the idea.
Praise for short WWI film "Crossing the Line" by Peter Jackson
Crossing the Line, a 15-minute movie about World War 1 filmed in the Wairarapa by Peter Jackson, has attracted praise in Hollywood. "Did Peter really shoot this in two days?" Steven Spielberg reportedly asked after viewing the film. The film, which features biplane dogfights, bayonet charges and 30 cast and crew, was filmed in the Wairarapa in Masterton. Clips from the film are available online. Crossing the Line was created to show off a prototype film camera: The Red One.
World War I in Popular Film - Course at the National WWI Museum
The University of Missouri-Kansas City and The National World War I Museum are patronizing a 12-session course about how WW1 has been portrayed in film and culture from the early 20th century to the present. The public is invited to explore this topic for free as more than 100 seats have been set aside each week in the J. C. Nichols Auditorium at The National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial. Films dating back to the silent area will be used show how generations have reinterpreted the war's meaning. Class sessions will consist of lectures with film clips and 4 complete movies.
Film of the Battle of Sarikamis, where Turkish soldiers froze to death
Özcan Deniz is preparing for the lead role in a film "Sarıkamış Beyaz Hüzün" (Sarıkamış the White Sorrow) that will depict the Battle of Sarıkamış where tens of thousands of Turkish soldiers froze to death during WW1. Deniz says the film is going to be the most ambitious movie made in the history of Turkish cinema. The Sarıkamış Campaign was one of the most tragic battles Turkey fought. The campaign, aimed at taking back land lost to Russians, was a total failure, mostly due to bad weather. There are disputes among historians on the number of soldiers who died: most sources put the death toll at 90,000, a few historians argue that the real toll was 35,000-40,000.
Historic Australian film excerpts on website
More than 1,000 excerpts from Australia's tv and film archives are available online with the launch of a new website. Site curator Paul Byrnes: "Teachers are also telling us that it's very rare that they can use whole feature films but they're quite happy to use short clips in order to illustrate a certain point. So they'll be able to use clips from the feature film Gallipoli, and clips from a documentary on Gallipoli... If you don't know the title of the film, but if you want clips about the the first world war then this site will throw up 10 or 15 clips from the first world war just by entering those words..." http://australianscreen.com.au/
War memorial unveils lost 45 seconds Gallipoli footage
Curators at the Australian War Memorial have uncovered rare footage of Gallipoli in 1915, buried in their archives. The grainy black-and-white footage depicts ANZAC Cove and hoards of British soldiers on the shores of Suvla Bay, leaning casually on their guns. Some stand bemused with their arms folded, staring into the barrel of the camera, a novel contraption in an early era of filmmaking. The release of the footage comes on the eve of Anzac Day, commemorating the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces in Gallipoli during World War I. The snippets are believed to have been filmed by British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett.
Vintage world war 1 footage stirs debate (Article no longer available from the original source)
A report in a English magazine claims that a film footage from World War 1 shows members of the ill-fated First Newfoundland Regiment in action at Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916. But some experts question the accuracy of the report, saying they have "serious doubts" about the claim. However, all seem to agree on one point: it is likely the first footage in history to show soldiers dying in battle. The footage was included in a digitally enhanced version of a film "The Battle of the Somme," made and shown in 1916. The documentary is the most popular film ever shown in Britain, and was seen by 20 million people in the first 6 weeks of its release in 1916.
Flyboys soars onto DVD - Dogfights of World War I
Bringing the real life story of the daring aerial dogfights of World War 1 to screen, Flyboys celebrates the story of ordinary American boys who volunteered for service looking for adventure and became heroes along the way. The film is a story of courage and valor, set against a backdrop of high-flying action. Inspired by the true story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the film is directed by Tony Bill. In 1917, prior to the official entry into the war by the US, the Allied powers were on the ropes against the German juggernaut. Craving thrills, a group of Americans came overseas to do their part, taking the war into a new theater of conflict above the battlefield.
World War One - Tanks
A video with footage of World War One tanks and the men who worked along-side with them.
Film: How Archduke escaped shooting a year before he was killed
Filming has taken place in Nafferton of a new film about the outbreak of the World War One. The film tells the true story of how the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand narrowly escaped death on a pheasant shoot a year before he was assassinated in Sarajevo to trigger the outbreak of war in Europe. For the filming to take place, a full size trench was dug in the village to recreate life for soldiers fighting on the Western Front.
Battle of the Somme - Watch exclusive Great War short film
Filled with shocking scenes of soldiers cheering on their way to die in combat, it was the most watched film of its day. The soldiers behind The Battle of the Somme lived on to tell the tale. But did they tell it honestly? -- Click here to watch exclusive short film of the Great War, filmed by Geoffrey Malins in 1917. It depicts at close range the destruction of a German gun emplacement. -- What was the most popular film ever shown in Britain? The answer is probably The Battle of the Somme: made and shown in 1916, while the battle itself was still raging. A silent movie with captions it was filmed on the western front within sight and shell-range of the German guns.
Role of African soldiers in WWI highlighted (Article no longer available from the original source)
One of South Africa's worst military disasters is to be taught in British schools to highlight the role of African soldiers in World War I. A total of 616 South Africans, all of them African members of the South African Native Labour Contingent, died when the steamship Mendi sank in the Channel on the way to France on February 21 1917. Their involvement in the war thousands of miles from home is the subject of a new 20-minute film -- Let us die like brothers. "It's just not realised that in the First World War how many troops from the Caribbean, Africa and the Indian sub-continent did fight."
WW1 TV series "The Great War" now being filmed
Justin Trudeau is billed as the star of the CBC tv series The Great War, now being filmed to commemorate next year's 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. But as Trudeau arrived on the set at the national Defence Department firing range, to shoot battle sequences, his presence was overshadowed by the 145 extras in the movie, all of them descendants of men and women who fought in the First World War. The 4-hour series is unusual in that it is part-documentary, part-drama, and part a living history project.
Extraordinary footage taken before soldiers went over the top (Article no longer available from the original source)
All film of the WW1 carnage was thought to have been faked, but now some of it has been authenticated. On 1 July 1916, Captain Dawson believed the first British thrust during the Battle of the Somme would be decisive. As the order came, he was captured on film ushering his men, of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers, along the trench. A few seconds later, as commander of the company, he was also one of the first to be cut down by German machine-gun fire. Historians have argued over the veracity of the film. Some scenes were re-enacted for propaganda purposes. But now, using new techniques, analysts have proved for the first time that most of the images are genuine.
Canadian war treasures fading fast - First World War photos
Inside the National Research Council a chunk of Canada's proud military history is in danger of being lost. The building is home to the National Defence Image Library, which holds 1 million photographs and negatives that chronicle Canada's military operations over the past 90 years. Tremblay manages a small team that is trying to scan these photos onto compact discs. But lack of funding has hampered those efforts and the library loses 1-2% of its collection every year because they are not being stored properly. During the First World War, the 3 branches of the Canadian military each had their own image libraries but they were amalgamated after the WW2.
The silent classic "Wings" is a tribute to aviators during the WWI (Article no longer available from the original source)
The silent classic "Wings" is a star-spangled tribute to aviators during the first World War. What it lacks on the ground, it more than makes up for in aerial fight footage, still some of the most exciting on- screen. Jack and David are red-blooded American boys who enlist as soon as war erupts in 1917. A training montage shows them learning to fly, spun around in test cockpits and learning to shoot machine guns while under fire. On their first dawn patrol, they engage in a dogfight with German aces. When David's gun jams, the enemy waves him off. A title card calls it chivalry in the air.