One of the greatest achievements of television -broadcast from 1964 in 26 episodes. Use of extensive archive footage and sound effects, linked with contemporary classic music of that area. ... See full summary »
A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems--first, the widow is ... See full summary »
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.
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 »
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 »
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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