Battle of the Somme
A fitting film tribute marking the 100th anniversary of The Battle of The Somme will take place at the Curzon, Clevedon on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November at 2pm.
This was the first British offensive to which cameramen were given access, recording front line action as it took place. The resulting film, The Battle of the Somme, was released throughout the UK in August 1916, while the battle was still being fought.
The head of the War Propaganda Bureau at that time argued that cinema could encourage countries to join the war on Britain’s side.
The Curzon will screen the extraordinary footage of the ‘Big Push’, the joint offensive which began in July 1916 where British and French armies hoped to break through the German lines and achieve victory on the Western Front. It shows scenes of the build-up to the infantry offensive including the massive preliminary bombardment, coverage of the first day of the battle (the bloodiest single day in Britain’s military history) with depictions of small gains and massive costs of the attack.
On a local level it had significant appeal because it featured and named particular regiments on screen. The close-ups and panning shots employed by camera men, Malins and McDowell, meant the audience could pick out people they knew.
The public flocked to see the realities of trench warfare, with 20 million viewers, almost half the population, in the first 6 weeks. Audiences were greatly impressed by the film's realism but also shocked by the candid and unprecedented images of British wounded and dead.
To a contemporary audience the film continues to have a huge emotional impact. It remains one of the most watched in British cinema history, bigger than Star Wars and Bond films.
The screening will be accompanied, live, by internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Horne, long considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. He will be joined by composer and percussionist Martin Pyne.
Your support will be much appreciated,
Jan Doran, Marketing Assistant
Curzon Cinema and Arts, 46 Old Church Rd., Clevedon, BS2 6NN
01275 879115 01432 851982 07587 153384
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