Birdsong (2012)

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As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

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 Stephen Wraysford (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Isabelle / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Captain Gray (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Private Brennan (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Private Tipper (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Jack Firebrace (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Evans (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Shaw (2 episodes, 2012)
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 RSM Price (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Jeanne (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Tyson (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Marguerite (2 episodes, 2012)
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As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

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Birdsong - Gesang vom großen Feuer  »

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"There is nothing more, sir, than to love and be loved"
18 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, BIRDSONG is beautifully filmed and acted. Joseph Mawle is especially memorable as Jack Firebrace--who I quote in my title here--a friend and sort of foil character to the protagonist (Stephen Wraysford) played by Eddie Redmayne. Agree: American audiences may find all the British brogues a bit hard to follow without the subtitles.

While there is a palpable storyline and a good surprise at the end, BIRDSONG appeals more to the heart than to the head. It's quite a sad story, of course, but it avoids going too far in the direction of melodrama. It successfully incorporates some really huge themes: Love, forgiveness, loyalty, and others. There is also a great deal of WWI battle footage: BIRDSONG will probably appeal to most war film aficionados. Warning: Some really graphic scenes of carnage at the Somme and various other battles.

Part I shifts every few minutes from Wraysford's illicit 1910 love affair with the wife of a French business partner to his service in the British army between 1916-18. The two time settings are extremely well-synchronized: The directors and producers did a fine job of making the two stories into one. Part II, though it follows the same general pattern, is a little more of a straightforward, solidified story.

I haven't read Sebastian Faulks's original novel, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. It's probably a hard book to cinematize, but Masterpiece Theater did about the best job possible here.


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