Puncher of Throats
- Aug 24, 2011
It’s in wide release now.
It’s just remarkable on about a hundred different levels.
As a technological exercise, it’s very impressive. Colorizing and then adapting century-old film to modern frame rates makes it more relatable. The choppy, almost comic look of footage from that era is smoothed out and instantly becomes somber.
More importantly, the source material is haunting. The only footage you see is the archival footage shot by the British in World War I. The only people you hear are the British soldiers who did the fighting being interviewed many years later. When they go up the ladders to run across no-man’s land towards the German trenches, it’s the real thing and most of them are at the very end of their time.
Just go see it.