The Battle of Gettysburg (1955 film)
|The Battle of Gettysburg|
|Directed by||Herman Hoffman|
|Written by||Dore Schary|
|Narrated by||Leslie Nielsen|
|Music by||period Civil War music|
The documentary was filmed in Cinemascope and Eastmancolor entirely on location at the Gettysburg National Military Park in south-central Pennsylvania. Leslie Nielsen provides narration, while songs from the Civil War era are played in the background with the sound effects of battle. At the end of the film, Nielsen reads the Gettysburg Address.
No actors appear onscreen. Schary photographed memorial statues and bas-reliefs already present on battlefield from various angles and distances, then juxtaposed the footage to suggest that the static images were actual characters taking part in a dramatic re-enactment of the battle. In some scenes, the turbulence created by an off-screen helicopter is used to press down tall grasses, suggesting the passage of invisible soldiers.
- "NY Times: The Battle of Gettysburg". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
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