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Léon Poirier (writer)
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23 November 1928 (France) See more »
Dramatic re-enactment of the battle of Verdun during World War I, as seen by both French and German sides. | Add synopsis »
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a stunning combination of music and images See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)

Albert Préjean ... Le soldat français
Jeanne Marie-Laurent ... La mère
Suzanne Bianchetti ... L'épouse

Hans Brausewetter ... Fritz - le soldat allemand
Thomy Bourdelle ... L'officier allemand
Berthe Jalabert

Maurice Schutz ... Le maréchal d'empire
Pierre Nay ... Le fils
Jean Dehelly ... Le jeune homme

Daniel Mendaille ... Le mari

Antonin Artaud ... L'intellectuel

André Nox ... L'aumônier
Paul Amiot
José Davert ... Le paysan
Henri Delannoy ... François
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Lacroix
Une Meusienne anonyme ... La jeune fille

Directed by
Léon Poirier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Léon Poirier  writer

Original Music by
André Petiot 
Cinematography by
Georges Million 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter

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151 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The fort that is posing for Fort Vaux during the attack on it in the film is actually Fort Tavannes. It is not far from Fort Vaux, and has been attacked during the real battle in 1916.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
a stunning combination of music and images, 6 August 2006
Author: phantom2-2 from md

it's hard to believe that this film was made in 1928. the photography is outstanding. the print was sharp. and the music (played by a live pianist in this case) is utterly sublime. the special effects are extremely well done, with a variety of explosions (ok, a huge variety of explosions), ghostly images, scenery (the french countryside as a moonscape of craters and splintered trees) and graphic maps that would work nicely in a film created today.

considering that this is essentially a documentary/re-enactment of the now nearly-forgotten world war one trench battle of verdun, it is surprisingly engrossing material. the presence of several fictionalized characters fighting through the battle helps hold interest as opposed to a dry, third-person telling. it has a pro-french slant (it is a french film, after all), but the Germans are presented sympathetically.

i understand that this film has been "lost" for years, with a print recently reconstructed from footage found in a moscow film archives (the Germans took the original during ww2 & the russians subsequently took it from them later in the war) and it has only been shown a handful of times, though a DVD is coming soon. if the opportunity presents, see this movie. the music alone is reason enough, but pair that with the images on screen and it's amazing.

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