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In Manhattan for the Great War

Michael Sragow

in Victor Fleming

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780813144412
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780813145235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813144412.003.0005
In Manhattan for the Great War

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When World War I broke out, Fleming, like most men of his age, was drafted. Though he would have preferred to stay with Fairbanks and further his career, Fleming took to his new role with dedication. As a known cinematographer, Fleming was put in the Signal Corps, the traditional group in charge of communications for the army. Fleming became a member of the new Photographic Section, charged with taking photos for a comprehensive pictorial history of the war. He helped to make military training films and eventually became a cameraman for military intelligence. He was sent to be a student at the U.S. School of Military Cinematography at Columbia University, filming everything from training videos to an abandon-ship drill. After the armistice, Fleming was called upon to join Woodrow Wilson’s delegation at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

Keywords: World War One; Signal Corps; military training films; U.S. School of Military Cinematography; Paris Peace Conference of 1919; Woodrow Wilson

Chapter.  4373 words. 

Subjects: Film

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