John Ford and Cameraman in Pacific Special Coverage Unit at Dachau Samuel Fuller's Camera

August 27, 2017 - April 30, 2018


An exhibition by the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France



Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller entertained audiences with cinema classics like The Grapes of WrathShane, and The Big Red One. But their most important contribution to history may have been their work in the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Services, filming the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Their documentation provides an essential visual record of WWII. Combining a wealth of rare material, including private letters and footage from their own personal archives, Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens, from Hollywood to Nuremberg, explores these filmmakers’ experiences during and after WWII, their confrontation with Nazi atrocities, and the mark that left on them as artists.

At Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the exhibit will include artifacts on loan from Samuel Fuller's family and from 20th Century Fox's archive.

The exhibition Filming The Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens, From Hollywood to Nuremberg, curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.

The exhibit in Los Angeles was made possible through additional support from 20th Century Fox. Communication partners also include the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, the Embassy of France in the United States, Alliance Française de Los Angeles, Alliance Française de Pasadena, and USC Shoah Foundation.

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Photo credits:

John Ford next to his cameraman in the Pacific, undated
© Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Samuel Fuller's Bell & Howell Camera
© Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, California, Coll. Christa Fuller

Photograph shot by the SPECOU at Dachau Camp, May 1945
© Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, California