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Cinema of WWI

A young film industry just settling into its own home - the cinema - found itself enlisted to record, report and dramatise a war unlike any other.

The films made during and just after World War I have a special directness, untainted as they are by layers of mythologising and cliché built up over the decades. There is a great variety of news, comedy and heartrending drama. A genre unique to this period of film production is the battle reconstruction film: the film equivalent of the stone memorials still to be found in every town and village of the UK.

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Mons
Mons
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Mons

War1926110 minsDirector: Walter Summers

Arrival of the British Army in France

Poppies of Flanders
Poppies of Flanders
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Poppies of Flanders

War1928122 minsDirector: Arthur Maude

Powerful wartime drama that sees rivals in love becoming comrades-in-arms in the trenches of the Western Front.

Ypres
Ypres
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Ypres

War192579 minsDirector: Walter Summers

Battle film made as a memorial to the dead of WWI, documenting events at Ypres using reconstructed and genuine footage.

Sons of the Sea
Sons of the Sea
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Sons of the Sea

Crime192676 minsDirector: H. Bruce Woolfe

Two boys answer the call of the sea as Royal Navy recruits in this adventure of the seven seas.

Blighty
Blighty
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Blighty

War1927106 minsDirector: Adrian Brunel

Life on the Home Front during WWI, through the eyes of one family.

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
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All Quiet on the Western Front

War1930133 minsDirector: Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone's pioneering, Oscar®-winning film is one of the most powerful films about the consequences of war

Forgotten Men: The War As It Was
Forgotten Men: The War As It Was
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Forgotten Men: The War As It Was

War193479 minsDirector: Norman Lee

Norman Lee’s 1934 documentary takes audiences through the harsh horrors and realities of war, showing everyone what soldiers truly go through within the armed forces.

Brown on Resolution
Brown on Resolution
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Brown on Resolution

War193571 minsDirector: Walter Forde

Walter Forde’s 1935 war drama stars a young John Mills as the illegitimate son of a naval officer who brings down a German cruiser in WWI.

The Warrior Strain from Cinema of WWI

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