Talk about shooting a picture. Is this what they mean when they say Cinema can be used as a weapon? Who knows, this may just make its way into the next Tarantino movie!
“This may be the only working example of Medvedkin’s camera which he invented while working at the front. He’d had this extraordinary idea. He needed soldiers who’d agree to serve as cameramen. He chose volunteers from the disciplinary battalions. Choosing these battalions was a shrewd move since, like Stalin’s camps, they recruited mostly educated people: Civil engineers, teachers, lecturers… people who already had the basics of technical knowledge. Teaming up in twos or threes, they would sneak up the rear of the German lines and achieve some incredible feats: Two men would capture a German as the third would film the operation.”
– Nikolai Izvolov explaining Medvedkin’s wartime invention in The Last Bolshevik (1992).