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Great War Diaries [DVD]
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History tells us “what was”. It tells us when things happened. When kings and cultures lived and died, armies were raised and vanquished, and mighty empires rose and fell. History, as we know it from books, is often boring, for it fails to answer one very simple question: What was it like?
When war broke out in Europe in July 1914, people on all sides believed it would be over by Christmas. Little could they know just how wrong they were. By November 1918, ten million people had died, and the political map of the world had been re-drawn. Caught up in the middle of this chaos were millions of ordinary men, women and children. Their very lives changed in ways they could never have imagined.
This is their story.
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Rather than the usual format of restored film footage with a voice over narrative, this series uses contemporary journals as the basis for each story and reconstructs the record with a mix of contemporaneous footage and acted scenes. The mix works very well and brings a vibrancy and realism to genuine accounts by ordinary people. Some moved to extraordinary acts to serve their country.
Another review suggests that this set is incomplete. As far as I'm aware, it's the entire series. The Imperial War Museum has DVDs that include diaries which may be of interest if you find this period of social history interesting.
Focused in this way, this 3-DVD-set only uses 'Great History' to support its ordinary people-stories of misfortune, dirt, death, grief and suffering. The chosen presentation is highly enrichened by a careful choice of its participants from many belligerent countries, including some of Eastern Europe. As well as by thoughtfully arranging their stories in chapters like 'the onslaught', the 'heart's desire' and 'the home front'.
Underlining its approach even more, '14 Diaries of the Great War' also emphasizes on how World War 1 severely broke people's attitudes towards life & society. This war cruelly shattered their well-reasoned optimism for mankind's bright future -- an optimism that was never fully restored.
Being an international co-production from more that 15 tv-companies. '14 Diaries of the Great War' shows as epic as German productions like 'die Flucht' (2007) and 'Unsere Mutter, unsere Vater' (2013) -- both dealing with the Second World War. All productions convincingly tell you how common life must have been in the 20th century's two most terrible wars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as present did watched the TV series and really enjoyed it was pleased to see it on DVD. Good price and quick deliveryPublished 5 months ago by CeCe
I very, very much enjoyed this series. It personalized the great War for me, and I enjoyed the acting which is blended very well with original footage. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2015 by Doby Pilgrim