Walt Whitman's Civil War

United States, 1972

Film
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Walt Whitman (played by Will Geer) moves through now-deserted fields remembering the “long solemn trenches”, the wounded, the dead, the thousands of personal tragedies of “The War of Attempted Secession”. Poems such as “Ashes of Soldiers” and “The Artilleryman’s Vision” are interspersed with his eye witness prose accounts of the war from the sound track and present the majesty and power of Whitman’s style. Archive photographs and filmed representations of the war are also featured.

Credits

producer/director

Frederic Goodich

production company

Magus Films

Churchill Films

Language

English

Duration

00:14:15:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

30190

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Archival resources

Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels

Archival, Cinemagazines & Newsreels → Archival materials

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War and society

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

History → History

History → United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

History → Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Literature → Poetry

Literature → Poetry - Collections

Literature → Poets

Literature → Poets, American - 19th century

Literature → Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

People → Poets, American - 19th century

People → Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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