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Pressbook cover for the film “At the Front in North Africa” (1943)

Object | Accession Number: 2018.590.99

Cover removed from a pressbook for the documentary film, “At the Front in North Africa,” (also known as “At the Front”) shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in November and December 1942, and released to the public in March 1943. “At the Front” documented the early Allied campaign in Algeria and Tunisia. Darryl F. Zanuck, 20th Century-Fox production head and an Army colonel, led the Signal Corps unit that shot the footage, while Hollywood director, John Ford, directed the Navy unit. The film was heavily criticized for its lack of a storyline and overall poor quality, in comparison to other wartime documentaries. Zanuck argued that the film was intended to be viewed as a newsreel report more than a documentary, which he equated with skillfully edited propaganda that included staged reenactments and intended to impart a particular message. This object is one of more than 1,200 objects in the Cinema Judaica Collection of materials related to films about World War II and the Holocaust as well as Jewish, Israeli, and biblical themes.

Cinematic Release:  1943 March
creation: United States
distribution: United States
Object Type
Pressbooks (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ken Sutak and Sherri Venokur
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 17:41:06
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