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Kitchener's Great Army in the Battle of the Somme (1916)

The Battle of the Somme (original title)
Documentary (with some re-enacted footage) of the British army's participation in the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

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(as Geoffrey H. Malins)
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Digitally restored version with choice of three soundtracks in 5.1 and stereo: newly commissioned orchestral score; recreation of original recommended medley; commentary by Keeper of Imperial War Museum's Film and Photographic Archives.

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Documentary (with some re-enacted footage) of the British army's participation in the Battle of the Somme in France during World War I.

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Trivia

According to official sources, 20 million tickets for this film were sold (in the UK) in the first 6 weeks. That would equal about half the population of Britain at the time (43 million). It has been said that this record was not broken until the release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) more than 60 years later. See more »

Goofs

In the "over the top" sequence one of the "dead" soldiers turns his head towards the camera and then shifts his leg into a more comfortable position showing that the scene was staged/re-enacted. See more »

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Version of The Battle of the Somme (2008) See more »

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29 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is interesting from a historical point of view; it was released in 1916 as a propaganda film to get more people to join the army, as numbers were running low. So, they made the battle look much more nice and friendly as it is.

For this reason then, it is excellent for History buffs.

It is in black and white, and of course, made in 1916, during the war, contains some realism. However, don't watch this film if you want a real plot based thriller/drama, or anything that will rivet you in your seat.

Honesly, I'd recommend this to anyone studying history, or interested in the topic, or who wants to own a piece of classic Brit propaganda. If you're at film school, it also might be quite nice to watch. Otherwise, watch a Kevin Spacey movie.


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