Ever since we first learned how to capture moving images on film, directors have been turning their lenses – and viewers their eyes – to the drama, violence, and suffering that comes with armed conflict. As early as the 1890s films were being made of the Spanish American War raging down in Cuba. Whether it was soldiers being lined up against a wall and shot, funeral processions marching through town, or images of soldiers washing dishes – camera operators were eager to capture it and viewers eager to see it. In fact, you can still see many of ghostly films thanks to the preservation done by the Library of Congress.



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