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Spotlight

A Photograph of a Searchlight in Berlin to Defend Against Air Attacks, circa 1940. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images)

 

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Heavy anti-aircraft gun ready for action
History / World War Two / Aerial Warfare
– Heavy anti-aircraft gun of the German
air defence ready for action. –
Photo, 1940.
From: journal ‘Signal’, French edition,
vol. 1, no. 17, 1940, p. 17.

A searchlight is a spotlight, used in the Theater of War just like it is used in stage shows, fairs, and festivals. The corporations who made the searchlights and spotlights are identical. So the same technology was used in the night time war theatrical scenes that was, and is still used today, in entertainment industries: Movie premiers, advertising, opera, stage shows, etc… Art festivals and lightshows are more popular than ever, and one can also think of night clubs, music concerts and raves. The “Tribute of Light” now represents the World Trade Center in New York. This ceremonial use of spotlights has its popularization with the “Lichtdom”, or Cathedral of Light used in Third Reich Parties or Nuremberg Festivals, which have a long German tradition. The technology used in spotlights is the same technology that is used in movie and cinema projectors. War is another form of cinema, it can be seen as comedy or tragedy, but it is not real, or it is real only in the way a movie is real or a stage show is real. It is often stated by the media and in literature in relation to war: “it is not a movie, you know. It’s real”… This is just a deliberate and brazen attempt to fool the viewing public into believing that war is real… But the truth is, that war is just a movie, and everything related to war, like politics, is just a movie also. It’s merely stagecraft and the stagecraft is what is real.


Prop making 0.1

Scherl:
Von der Filmstadt bei Tempelhof. Straßenfronten in der Filmstadt.
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Berlin 1920: Aufnahmegelände der Ufa in Tempelhof.