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"Filming the Camps, from Hollywood to Nuremberg" at LAMOTH

"Filming the Camps, from Hollywood to Nuremberg," an exhibition featuring the work of John FordSamuel Fuller and George Stevens, will open August 27th at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Presented in LA for the first time, the exhibition explores the filmmakers' experiences during and after World War II, the footage they captured of Nazi atrocities and the impact the war had on their careers. The exhibition was created and designed by the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris and curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, and contains films and photographs of WWII as well as clips from the filmmaker's pre-war careers.

Director of films such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley and The Quiet Man, John Ford was head of the Field Photographic Branch and made propaganda films for the U.S. Navy Department. He won two Academy Awards during this time for his documentaries, The Battle of Midway and December 7th and created a documentary of the war that was used as evidence of Nazi crimes at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. 

Known before the war for light-hearted musicals, George Stevens joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and headed a film unit under General Eisenhower. His unit documented D-Day, the liberation of Paris and horrific scenes from the Dachau concentration camp. Stevens went on to direct Academy-Award winning films, Shane, Giant and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Samuel Fuller served as a soldier in the 1st Infantry Division nicknamed "The Big Red One." He captured footage of the liberation of Falkenau, a sub-camp of the Flossenbürg concentration camp, with a camera that his mother sent him. After the war, Fuller directed The Big Red One, a film based on his wartime experiences.


There will also be a free workshop for educators and teachers on August 27th in conjunction with a presentation of the film. The workshop will feature lectures from two major French scholars and historians: Christian Delage, curator of the exhibition, and Jacques Fredj, Executive Director of Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris.

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