Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old is a stunning act of remembrance


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/21/peter-jacksons-they-shall-no.html


#2

One of the things I always think about is that WWI and WWII were fought to stop the expansion of a militaristic nation from spreading its tendrils too far.

When WWIII comes what will the reason be?


#3

I’ve been looking forward to this since I first heard about his idea; it’s remarkable how simply slowing the typically sped-up herky-jerky footage and adding color makes it seem so much more contemporary and relatable. I’m hoping the voices blend well with the footage in context.

Being from America, we never really paid much attention to Armistice, and World War 1 was rather skimmed over in school as “the war we sort of helped out with at the last minute”. It wasn’t until I visited Australia in early November one year and visited the Anzac Memorial that I had my first real look at the war’s impact on people.


#4

Stunning work. Bravo, Peter Jackson.

It doesn’t surprise me that a Kiwi directed such a film. I read in “Fire in the Sky,” a book about the Pacific theater war in WWII, that New Zealand sacrificed more men per capita than any other Allied nation. A quick peek at Wikipedia seems to bear out that they lost similar percentages in the First World War.

edit: added “other”


#5

A political trump stunt to get re-elected for a third term?

Seriously, though, I’m looking forward to viewing this. I think the world lost its innocence in that terrible meat grinder. The “glory” of war gave way to the horror though some still haven’t learned that lesson.


#6

Food and fuel.


#7

I saw it; Its kinda unbelievable how well the sound and voices blend; the whole footage seems like recorded yesterday, its really astonishing and goes truly under your skin. highest recommendation, everybody, and I mean everybody, should see this masterpice!

(and even its only in cinemas in GB so far, the BBC showed it for the anniversary of the ending of WWI so you can find it with a little search on the -ahem- unoffical sites of the www…)


#8

Also water.


#9

And habitable space.


#10

It’ll be the US. You’ve just described the US.


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One of the things I always think of is that WW1 & WW2 were a consequence of advances in industrialisation (early mass mechanical/military industries) and mass media (think newspapers and later radio), allowing a tinderbox of an environment to shape and form. I also think we have much to learn from modern equivalences in terms of what impact digital media will have on our collective future (cambridge analytica, etc.).


#12

Also Truthiness & Trust


#13

In the Australian conflict consciousness, the band Redgum also mashed up Vietnam war footage Only 19 overlayed footage of not coping. Nothing like PJ’s project of course, but part of a cultural dialogue that needs to continue.


#14

I’ll pay premium to see this at the theater in 3D , it looks incredible.


#15

And of course The Pogues nail it in terms of Australian WW1 experience.


#16

If this is coming in 3D to cinemas outside of GB, this will be my first cinema-visit in at least 5 years. it will make you feel sick, but its worth it.


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Having read Guderian and Rommel (they are matter of fact memoirs as much as they are about the tactics of combined arms) as well as listened to Dan Carlin’s series on ww1. If you really want the the true horror of war that is the one to study.


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I saw this on the bbc around armistice day. It’s very powerful. Somehow those old black and white, 16 fps films always made that war look vaguely comical to me. Not anymore.

“All quiet on the western front” was what opened my eyes. Scene of a fresh recruit going mad while waiting out an artillery bombardment in a shelter then running outside only to get vaporized by a shell. Old soldiers shrugging it off as nothing out of the ordinary. I was 16 when I read that I think, all the glory of war suddenly vanished.

Sand.


#19

A coalition of the willing, coming together to take down an evil empire that disrupts the affairs of smaller nations and poisons the planet.

America will overplay their hand, and Europe will step aside and let Russia and China tag team the class bully


#20

The moment about 20 minutes in when everything changes is utterly incredible - in some ways it’s a bit like the trick in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ when sepia turns to Technicolor and it takes your breath away.

It’s being shown in cinemas in the US through Warners on two days: 17th December and 27th December. Ticketing is being done through Fathom Events: https://www.fathomevents.com

A DVD and BluRay release has been announced, but no dates as yet.