Geoffrey Malins was a British cinematographer who in 1916 traveled to the front lines of World War I and in collaboration with fellow filmmaker J.B. McDowell created The Battle of the Somme, a feature-length look at the war in Europe and the new realities of combat, in which a battle could be fought without most soldiers even seeing one another face to face. Produced in cooperation with the British War Office, The Battle of the Somme was a massive success in England on its initial release, and was reportedly seen by nearly half of all adults living in the UK on its initial release, even though it depicted a battle in which 58,000 British troops were killed. Later Malins wrote a self-promoting memoir about his experiences titled How I Filmed The War. Filmmaker Yuval Sagiv has used footage from The Battle of the Somme and re-edited it, incorporating text from Malins' book, to create How I Filmed The War, a documentary which noted the differences between the director's written account of the battle and what as captured on film, as well as how images can be manipulated to carry a message that differs from what they might signify on their own. How I Filmed The War was an official selection at the 2010 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival.
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