Exhibit Opening: "Filming the Camps: from Hollywood to Nuremberg, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens" [fr]
On Sunday, August 28th, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust opened the exhibition “Filming the Camps: from Hollywood to Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens”. Imagined, created and developed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), the retrospective presents the work of three American filmmakers, namely John Ford, Samuel Fuller and George Stevens. We discover their experiences during and after World War II, their confrontation with Nazi atrocities, and the mark that it left on them as artists.
Beth Kean, Executive Director of the LAMOTH, launched the opening, evoking her joy in presenting this exhibition for the first time in Los Angeles, after having already traveled in the United States.
The Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, that accompanied the project, was represented by Matthieu Clouvel – Deputy Consul General – during the opening. He underlined his interest and his honor in taking part in the exhibit opening, considering it as important and necessary. He also reminded us of the essential role of this footage, and of the museums that show them to the public, in the fulfilment of the duty, that must be collective, to never forget.
Samantha Fuller – Samuel Fuller’s daughter and Director of “A Fuller Life” –then took the floor to talk with emotion and spirit about her father’s life and work, keeping in mind that the fight for peace continues.
Christian Delage (Historian and Curator of the Exhibition) and Jacques Fredj (Executive Director, Mémorial de la Shoah) then spoke in succession to explain the message and calling of the exhibition: understanding the past to illuminate the future, following the example of the Mémorial de la Shoah’s slogan, “A bastion against oblivion”. Christian Delage stated have chosen a scenography that enables the comprehension of the footage in their context, presenting comprehension tools for a good understanding of the exhibit, mainly for the young public.
The exhibition will be on view until April 30, 2018 at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. More information here.