A trailer for 1418: The Noise and the Fury which will play at the 2010 San Francisco Film Festival.
We never see the sadly cynical French everyman who is our guide in this filmnor Marthe, his wife, nor Léon, his friend. Their absence keeps us at a distance and makes more chilling the narrators sober recollection of his four years in hellalthough in 1914, he says, We were all right behind this war. To explore why so many continued to consent to World War Is unprecedented slaughter mill despite certain death or injury and only vague war aims, director Jean-François Delassus delves into a variety of archival materialscolorized film, period advertisements, black-and-white newsreels, even scenes from perennial fictional film treatments, the latter to shattering effectwhile engaging leading scholarship on the motivating factors propelling a modern massacre mistakenly labeled the war to end all wars. Balancing battlefield scenes with the bombastic exhortations of jingoistic politicians on all sideseven the Bishop of London joins the strident chorus, urging British soldiers to kill the barbaric Germans good and bad, young and oldthe film offers a new and startling perspective on the carnage, underscoring the general consensus among civilians and soldiers, on either side, that they were in a war for the defense of civilization itself. The 14-18 tragedy spawned, as we know, even greater catastrophes. It has left us with an enduring and urgent question, hovering over many subsequent wars since, which is the final one posed by this powerful, poignant film: What were they all for, those millions of deaths?
- Posted: May 01, 2010
- Director: Jean-François Delassus
- Writer: Jean-François Delassus
- Studio: Independent
- Release: April 26, 2010
- Cast: Unknown or Not Available
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