Tag Archives: The Battle of the Somme (1916)

Diary of Frances Stevenson

Source: Frances Stevenson, diary entry for 4 August 1916, Parliamentary Archives, FLS/4 Text: Friday, 4 August 1916 We went on Wednesday night to a private view of the “Somme Films” i.e. the pictures taken during the recent fighting. To say … Continue reading

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Is it right to let us see men dying?

Source: James Douglas, extracts from article in The Star, 25 September 1916, p. 2, quoted in Nicholas Reeves, Official British Film Propaganda During the First World War (London: Croom Helm, 1986), pp. 244-245 Text: Is it right to let us … Continue reading

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Moving Pictures

Source: Stephen Paget, ‘Moving Pictures’, in I Sometimes Think: Essays for the Young People (London: Macmillan, 1916), pp. 68-85 Text: We are so accustomed to moving pictures, that we do not trouble ourselves to study their nature, or their place … Continue reading

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Het verhaal van den provinciaal

Source: Jacobus vann Looy, ‘Het verhaal van den provinciaal’ in De wonderlijke avonturen van Zebedeus, nieuwe bijlagen (Amsterdam: S.L. van Looy, 1925), pp. 149-161, originally published as ‘Nieuwe bijlagen. XXV’, in De Nieuwe Gids (1917) pp. 361-376 Text: In het … Continue reading

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Bioscoop

Source: Louis Couperus, ‘Bioscoop’, Haagsche Post, 2 December 1916, English translation by Ivo Blom in ‘North and South: two early texts about cinema-going by Louis Couperus’, Film History vol. 20, issue 2 (2008), pp. 127-132 Text: The contrast between North … Continue reading

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The Story of the “9th King’s” in France

Source: Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts, The Story of the “9th King’s” in France (Liverpool: The Northern Publishing Co., 1922), p. 56 Text: On the 9th there was a big attack by the British. The 16th Division attacked on the right … Continue reading

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The War Films

Source: Sir Henry Newbolt, ‘The War Films’, The Times [London], 14 October 1916, p. 7 Text: O living pictures of the dead, O songs without a sound, O fellowship whose phantom tread Hallows a phantom ground — How in a … Continue reading

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The Private Diaries of Sir Henry Rider Haggard

Source: D.S. Higgins (ed.), The Private Diaries of Sir Henry Rider Haggard 1914-1925 (London: Cassell, 1980), p. 84 Text: 27th September 1916 Today I went to see the Somme War film with Louie, Angie and Mrs Jebb who dined with … Continue reading

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