ALCF James Kilgore Films Clip 5217
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The Audiovisual Heritage Center (AVHC) is part of the Nashville Metro Archives. The project is funded by the Nashville Public Library Foundation and is located at the Nashville Public Main Branch in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Nashville, Tennessee native and lifelong resident, James Kilgore (1919-2014) was an avid amateur filmmaker who began shooting film at age 14. He served in Italy during WWII and spent most of his post-war life working for the Department of Transportation and continuing to shoot home movies, and amateur travelogues and documentaries, and several narrative films throughout the following decades. Kilgore is believed to have been a member of the Amateur Cinema League, the oldest amateur filmmaker’s club in the United States and his zeal for the technology of film is evidenced by his use of sound and color film. Major themes in Kilgore’s work include short narrative fiction films, recordings of family travels and local events, documentation of his experience during WWII, and footage of his church’s works and activities.
1941. Fort Benning. (0:09) Sign for Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia (http://www.schistory.net/fortoglethorpe/index.html). (0:16) Two men in military uniform by what appears to be a guard post. (0:21) Wide panning shot of the fort itself, note the tall flagpole. (0:33) Shot of the street. A man rides by on a horse and we can see period cars. (0:43) A large group in fancy dress ride horses by the camera with a large group of hounds. (1:01) Shot of the group as they ride off into the distance. (1:10) A large line of people outside of a building. Some men in suits walk by and smile. (1:26) Two men in suits walk by the camera and talk. They appear to be carrying some sort of food trays. (1:34) Shot of the men walking away toward the flag. (1:41) The camera follows the two men. (1:44) Another angle of the two men. (1:49) Shot of building sign: “Service Club No. 1.” (1:53) Long shot of two men in army uniform standing in front of the building.
(1:58) Shot of a man in front of a more residential looking building. (2:00) Shot of a large, dormant tank. (2:12) Another shot of the tank from behind, near a tent. (2:15) Low-exposed shot of people sweeping the ground. (2:22) More sweeping. (2:27) A man in full army garb marches by. (2:36) Army man marching through a barracks area. (2:47) In the barrack, a man files his nails. (2:54) The camera pans from soldier adjusting his belt to another soldier sitting on the ground.
(3:01) An older couple accompanied by a younger man cross the street toward the camera. (3:13) A small group of people gathers. (3:17) Close shot of a man standing by a fence. (3:21) Another close shot of a man standing in front of cars. (3:26) A man in an army uniform pats another man on the head. (3:32) Shot from behind the two men, sitting behind two women. (3:37) Another shot of the large group gathered in a parking lot. (3:41) Long shot of an under-construction building with a group of men sitting on the roof. In the foreground, a soldier takes a little boy’s hand as they walk toward the building. (3:45) Soldiers sit on a grassy hill with the fort in the background. The camera pans over as two planes take off from the airstrip. (3:57) Shot of the two planes in the sky.
(4:06) Now we are in color. Three men drive a jeep through a parking lot. (4:14) The jeep pulls into a reserved parking lot. (4:24) The driver, smoking a pipe, pulls out of the spot before reversing into it.
(4:45) Distant shot of a polo match on a large field. Soldiers sit to the side and watch. (5:02) Closer shot of the match. The polo horses look like they are about to plow into the camera! (5:16) Army officers cross a log bridge in the woods, holding their hands out to keep their balance.
(5:37) Back to black and white. A woman stands in front of a car, drinking a soda. (5:44) A man pulls an object out of his car and uses it like a flute. (5:55) Quick shot of a woman who briefly looks at the camera. (5:58) Back to the man playing the object. The woman enters the frame and takes it from him. They both laugh. (6:06) People roller-skate by the camera. The shot is under-exposed. (6:15) A soldier salutes the camera.
(6:22) Back to color. Shot of a football game from a stadium seat. The camera follows the ball as it flies through the air after a punt. Red jerseys vs. blue. Various shots of football plays. (6:40) Cut to the crowd of military med watching the game. (6:48) Back to the football game. This time, a closer vantage point from the side of the field. Players get tackled right in front of the camera. (7:24) Back to black and white. A man reclines and lights a cigarette. He pulls out a book. (7:39) Title card: “THE END.”
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