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The Battle of Gettysburg (1955)

Approved | | Documentary, Short, History | 1955 (USA)
This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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An odd but effective retelling of history.
7 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

I noticed something very strange about this film when I looked on IMDb--it was nominated in two different categories for an Oscar (Best Short, Two Reels and Best Documentary Short). It is very odd that it was nominated twice--that's for sure.

Leslie Nielsen narrates this odd retelling of history. I say odd because no live actors are used in the film...none! It was filmed at Gettysburg and the sound effects of war and the narration were all supplemented with pictures of the battlefield as well as statues and art (such as from the Gettysburg Cyclorama) from this national battlefield memorial and the nearby country. While this may sound pretty dumb, it worked pretty well--mostly because the sound effects and storytelling were very compelling. A highly unusual film that will likely appeal mostly to Civil War buffs and history teachers. See it for yourself and let me know what you think.


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