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A Thoughtful 'Living' presentation of WWI,
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This review is from: World War 1 In Colour - Complete TV Series [DVD] (DVD)
"World War I in Colour" is an empathetic presentation of the herendous darkness of WWI, greatly helped by the colourisation which doesn't seem modern to the eye; just realistic and so, heightens the visual comfort enhancing viewing. Also Kenneth Branagh as narrator, seemlessly pitches his tone to be both authorative and clear yet humbly empathetic, a difficult balance for a narrator of such a 'worked on subject', his sensitive vocal presentation is worthy of one of our Shakespearian actors, his tone is intuitive and subsequently unintrusive to the harrowing events of WWI but also reassuringly drawing in ones concentration.
The script has been crafted in a chronological, concise and very informative structure; the state of sovereign nations are introduced to give one an overview and foundation in world social history and politics of the turn of the C19th. It has been deftly done, so as not to be patronising or stilted and suceeds in presentation and informing those 'coming newly' to the subject matter and the background context of the times, preceding and leading to WWI.
A wonderful production and anyone with or without knowledge of WWI will not be disappointed. The research is formidable and the sourcing of little seen footage has been included and quite honestly should have received more acclaim! The very apparent effort taken to 'get it right' on all counts, makes it a very watchable and crafted documentary series for experts and 'beginners' alike.
A wonderful contribution to historical film archive presentations of the WW.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2012 10:30:39 BDT
"A wonderful production and anyone with or without knowledge of WWI will not be disappointed. The research is formidable [...]."
I really don't think so. Really, I do oppose that opinion.
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