They Shall Not Grow Old
Director: Peter Jackson
2019, 99 minutes, R
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Sponsored by the American Legion Greenbelt Post 136
Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict, the food they ate, the friends they made and their dreams of the future.
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.
“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