Monday, July 04, 2005

Verdun, visions d'histoire

FR 1929. PC: Gaumont-Alliance Cinémat. Européenne. D: Léon Poirier. Starring Jeanne-Marie Laurent, Suzanne Bianchetti, Albert Préjean, Antonin Artaud. 1822 m /18 fps/ 89'. AFF. The dialogue as subtitles. ♪ Alain Baents. Monday 4 July 2005, Cinema Lumière 1, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna. The master director of La Brière and La Croisière jaune tackles a big subject, the epochal WWI bloodbath where 600.000 died. There are powerful images here, but somehow it doesn't work, maybe because the silent original was transformed into a sound hybrid. Now shown as a silent with unsuitable piano music.

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