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Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (2014)

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Sourcing original 35mm nitrate footage, filmmaker Bill Morrison pieces together a unique visual exploration of WWI from footage that has never been viewed by modern audiences, and will ... See full summary »

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Sourcing original 35mm nitrate footage, filmmaker Bill Morrison pieces together a unique visual exploration of WWI from footage that has never been viewed by modern audiences, and will never be seen again outside of this film. Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov created the haunting score, commissioned and performed by the Kronos Quartet. Written by Anonymous

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Less a film, more an emotion
29 November 2019 | by sc-61See all my reviews

This is not a documentary. It's a collection of footage, some of it decayed, presenting not a story of the first world war, but a feeling, an emotional interpretation of the conflict. It's challenging in both what it shows and how it presents it. Soldiers sleeping in the open, in snow, in a trench. The decay of the film merging with a fire, blurring the bodies of the soldiers around them, as if hinting they too, soon, will be consumed.

If you're a fan of his work, this is one of his best. If you want a documentary on the First World War, there are some excellent ones that tell the story. If you want to actually get a little bit of the feeling of how it must have been - the dread, the confusion, the terror - then maybe you'll find that in this film.


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