Verdun, Looking at History

Directed by Léon Poirier | Written by Léon Poirier
The German troops are entering the Meuse. The alert has been given. The French soldier calmly awaits the shock. All the villages have been evacuated; wives have been torn apart from their husbands, who stay to defend the land the old farmer won't abandon. The German offensive takes place on February 21st, 1916. Following intense bombing from 7:15 am to 5pm, flocks of German soldiers dash through the bois des Caures.
In order to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the end of World War I, Léon Poirier recreated the battle of Verdun and inscribed the lives of symbolic characters from both sides of the front. Verdun, Looking at History was edited in three distinct parts (Might, Hell and Fate) and is an epic film of great emotional strength dedicated to "all the martyrs of the ugliest human passion that is war". Léon Poirier's realistic masterpiece undoubtedly compared with King Vidor's The Big Parade and Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front.

Verdun, Looking at History (1928)
French with English subtitles
Available on DVD November 4
151 min | France
US Distributor: Kino Lorber
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
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