They Shall Not Grow Old

R, 132 minutes

 

Peter Jackson directs this homage to the British troops of the First World War with never-before-seen-footage of soldiers as they faced the fear and uncertainty of frontline battle in Belgium. Digitally remastered and now in color, the footage has been studied by lip reading experts whose transcripts were recorded and used as audio for the film. Overlayed by a narrative of those who partook in the war from interviews made in the 1960s and 1970s, this historic revisiting marks one hundred years since the end of the Great War. (2019, Peter Jackson, UK, English, 99 min, R, DCP)

“”They Shall Not Grow Old” shows that actually seeing something is different from knowing it intellectually, or even from imagining it. The effect of this is moving and profound.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Peter Jackson has taken a mass of World War I archival clips from Britain’s Imperial War Museum and fashioned it into a brisk, absorbing and moving experience.” — Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

“For the first time, those jittery, frenetic figures in ancient newsreels look and move like people you know.” — Rafer Guzman, Newsday


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