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The Somme Films

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The Somme Films. Their Fitness for Public Exhibition is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in The Times on 4 september 1916.


The Somme Films

The Times (4 september 1916)

THEIR FITNESS FOR PUBLIC EXHIBITION.

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.

Sir, — Surely the Dean of Durham's view is a very odd one and will not be shared by many of his fellow-countrymen. How can we learn to understand and sympathize with the glorious achievements and sacrifices of our soldiers so well as when we actually see them in action before our eyes! The film is a monument to their devotion. The theatre is filled constantly with the relatives of the men portrayed, and I do not think that they feel that there is any desecration in the performance. There is, however, one very obvious omission. The name and possibly the portrait of the brave operator who risked his life to secure this invaluable national possession should certainly be flashed upon the screen.

Yours faithfully,

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex, Sept. 1.







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