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The Movie of the Year

They Shall Not Grow Old is an incredible feat. I wrote about it today:

The filmmaker Peter Jackson deserves more than an Oscar; he deserves a medal.

What the director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies has done with his World War I documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, is more than restore archival film; he has restored the humanity of men caught up in one of history’s great cataclysms. This is an aesthetic achievement of the highest order, and a great service to history.

World War I has always had more than its share of historiography, novels, poems and feature films. Until now what it lacked was video (at least watchable video), the single most powerful medium of the modern era.


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