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Lewis MilestoneLife and Films$
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Harlow Robinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178332

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178332.001.0001

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“Nobody Asked You to Go to America”

“Nobody Asked You to Go to America”

(p.6) 1 “Nobody Asked You to Go to America”
(p.iii) Lewis Milestone

Harlow Robinson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter focuses on Milestone’s early life: his childhood and family life in Moldova, his identity as a Jew and early experience of anti-Semitism, his love for the theater, his decision to immigrate to America and his difficult voyage to New York. It continues with his early work as a society photographer in New York, and his enlistment in the Photographic Division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he edited documentary film footage sent from the front. Known as a practical joker with a fine sense of humor, Milestone made friends and useful connections easily. When the War ended, he took the advice of some Hollywood veterans and moved to Los Angeles in 1919 to break into the film industry.

Keywords:   U.S.Army Signal Corps, World War I, Society photography, Moldova, Anti-Semitism, Immigrant, Documentary film

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