ALCF James Kilgore Films Clip 5218
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- amateur films, 1940s home movies, 1940s amateur filmmaking, 1940s Italy, World War II, Amateur Cinema League, James Kilgore, Jimmy Hughes, Sherman Horton, David Tappan, Jacob Rathmell, Joseph Dunlap, Richard Bandler, Monghidoro, 58th Ordnance Company, 1940s US military, 1940s military weapon, winter in Italy, war ruins, 1940s military shows, 1940s fashion, color, black and white, 1940s amateur filmmaking, 1940s Italy, World War II, Amateur Cinema League, James Kilgore, Jimmy Hughes, Sherman Horton, David Tappan, Jacob Rathmell, Joseph Dunlap, Richard Bandler, Monghidoro, 58th Ordnance Company, 1940s US military, 1940s military weapon, winter in Italy, war ruins, 1940s military shows, 1940s fashion, color, black and white
The Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC) is part of the Nashville Metro Archives. The project is funded by the Nashville Public Library Foundation and is located at the Nashville Public Main Branch in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30s–70s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove
Yank About Italy (1940) (0:21) Animated title card in front of a film reel: “Member of AMATEUR CINEMA LEAGUE. (0:29) Another title card: “The World Wide Organization of Movie Makers.” (0:43) Another title card “A Volunteer Production.” (0:48) Title card “Yank About Italy.” (0:51) “Photographed by James Kilgore A.C.L.” (0:56) Recorded by Jimmy Hughes. (1:01) Technical Advisors: Sherman Horton, David Tappan, Jacob Rathmell, Joseph Dunlap, Richard Bandler. (1:11) “Music from Selected Recordings.”
(1:18) Panoramic panning shot of mountain landscape. (1:55) Procession of people marching and carrying bags. (2:05) Line of donkeys carrying bags. (2:21) Shot of a winding road from a mountain vantage point. Trucks drive down it. (2:53) Longer shot of the cars on the road. (3:00) Text card: “Near Highway 65, a mile and a half north of the village of Monghidoro (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monghidoro), men of the 58th Ordnance Company are establishing an ammunition dump. (3:09) A soldier digs a hole in the ground. (3:17) A soldier eats beans from a can. (3:22) A hand offers some food to a dog. (3:28) A soldier drives a bulldozer down a hill. (3:38) A soldier flicks a cigarette away. (3:44) Another shot of the bulldozer plowing a mound of dirt. (3:55) A soldier with glasses walks toward the camera.
(4:00) Shot of a sign: “Depot Office, Convoy Commanders Report to Depot Office.” (4:07) Army trucks turn the corner in a small stone village. (4:34) A truck drives by, smoking soldiers sit on the hood. (4:48) Soldiers unload crates from a truck. (4:54) Soldiers pack and inspect the crates’ contents. (5:08) Long shot of soldiers unloading the crates. (5:15) Shot of a small square from a high vantage point. (5:22) Shot of a wooden military storage structure. (5:27) Close on one of the crates: “90 MM Gun.” Camera pans over to show hundreds of crates just like it. (5:45) More distant shot showing the sheer number of weapon crates.
(5:50) Sign: “Salvage Area. NO Smoking.” (5:54) A soldier carries a large rocket over to a pile of rockets on the side of a road. (6:01) Close on the pile of rockets, labelled “rockets.” (6:02) Close on a box labelled “fuzes.” (6:04) Another pile labelled “75 MM HOW” [HOWITZER]. (6:06) Another, more varied pile, labelled “foreign ammo.” (6:07) A group of soldiers breaking apart rockets at a workbench. (6:15) Pile of boxes labelled “Metal Fuze Boxes.” (6:16) Pyramid of rockets with a sign: “Front Post W F M54.” (6:24) Close on a certificate labelled “SAFE CONDUCT.” German documents and magazines get thrown on top. (6:44) A soldier examines crates of weapons. It appears as if he’s explaining them to the cameraperson.
(7:05) Soldiers hang out around a tent. A few point and smile up to the camera. (7:19) Long shot of group of soldiers standing in front of the tent. (7:26) Soldiers line up to receive food ladled from large pots. (7:41) Soldiers standing at a table, eating food under a large tent. (7:48) Little girls collect leftovers from the soldiers’ lunch pans. (8:00) Soldiers scrub their food pans in trashcans full of boiling water.
(8:39) Title card: “Winter 1944.” (8:43) Shot of the base, covered in snow. Snow continues to fall. (8:50) Two soldiers stand in the doorway, out of the way of the snow. (8:55) Soldier walking through thick snow. (9:06) Long panoramic panning shot of the snow-covered base. (9:35) Long shot of a soldier walking with a mug of coffee. (9:41) A boy walks up a hill with skis while a man skis downhill toward the camera. (9:58) The boy skis down the hill and crashes at the base. (10:04) A snowman in front of a building. (10:09) Shot of a cabin in the distance. An icicle drips in the foreground. Very artistically framed shot.
(10:15) Title card: “Spring 1945.” (10:19) A shirtless soldier receives an injection and smiles once it’s over. (10:30) Detail of the table with the needles and medication. Many soldiers surround it. (10:40) A soldier gets his throat examined and then another soldier takes his place. (10:58) Soldiers gather around a desk set up where met are writing in ledgers.
(11:20) Title card: “USO CAMP SHOWS Presents ‘V… For Variety.” (11:26) A woman plays the accordion and sings on a stage in front of a group of soldiers who sit and watch. She walks off stage and a soldier takes the microphone from her. (11:44) Jump cut and another woman in a dress sings on stage while the other woman plays the accordion. (11:56) Shot of the large group of soldiers watching the event. (12:00) Shot of the stage from a higher angle. (12:22) A man in an army uniform performs sleight of hand with a handkerchief. (12:35) Soldiers watch, looking amused. (12:39) The magician is performing tricks with rings. (12:58) Big shot of the crowd. (13:03) A female contortionist performs a variety of feats. (13:44) Closer shot from behind the contortionist. The crowd applauds. (14:03) A group of people stand on the stage.
(14:10) Now we are in color. Sweeping landscape shots of the mountains. (14:34) A farmer drives cattle in the distance while his assistants shovel hay into the cart. (14:45) Women wash clothes in a pool of water.
(14:58) Back to black and white. A group of kids herd sheep. (15:04) A horse drawn carriage rides toward the camera.
(15:09) Back to color. Shot of a large house or church in the distance.
(15:13) Black and white. A large group of men march down a street carrying shovels.
(15:23) Color. Shot of mountains from a moving vantage point. (15:37) Shot of the road from what appears to be the dashboard of a vehicle. (15:42) Shot of a heavy artillery gun pointed upward. Soldiers surround it and prepare it. (16:18) The soldiers pose on the heavy weapon. (16:25) Shot of a building built into the side of a mountain. (16:31) A truck drives by a crumbling church. (16:40) Shot of a ruined town. Rubble surrounding a road. (16:47) A truck full of soldiers drives by. (16:57) A beautiful shot of a sunset.
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