Richard Armitage admires the Jackson WWI documentary

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The best I can say about it is that I didn’t dislike it as much as I thought I would. I understand Jackson feels a personal connection to this topic, but in future I hope he will stick to fiction.

~ by Servetus on February 10, 2019.

5 Responses to “Richard Armitage admires the Jackson WWI documentary”

  1. Can I ask why you were not completely overawed by PJ’s documentary? I must say I very much liked it and thought it was a really interesting project – kind of bringing humanity/life into that “dead”, b/w footage. I did think it had a strong anti-war message at the end. However, there were parts that I found slightly too ‘happy and harmless’ for want of a better word – the whole shpiel about the camaraderie of armies, the gentlemanly warfare. There was little criticism in it, and of course any documentary based on existing footage is always hampered by the actual editing (as in choosing) of the material. Who knows what PJ left out… Anyway, would be interested to hear you POV as a historian.

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    • This is a question for me that’s sort of like “do I want to blog about why The Tattooist of Auschwitz was a badly executed project and a lousy choice of a novel to record or would I rather not?” or “Do I want to say why I think Vicar of Dibley sucked?” I probably don’t have the energy right now.

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  2. Sachant que je n’ai pas vu ce documentaire de Peter Jackson, j’ajouterai seulement que: “si ce document conduit les personnes (qui passent le plus clair de leur temps à ne regarder que de la fiction), à jeter un coup d’oeil aux documentaires historiques de qualité et peut-être à les amener à s’interroger sur la réalité du monde actuel, alors pourquoi pas?

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    • Every statement on a topic like this is a political one. It can’t be avoided. If it weren’t, there’d be no reason to be making it, and the war would be forgotten. Nothing about this kind of project is innocent.

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  3. I’m going to close comments on this and leave it that Armitage admired the film. I really don’t feel like talking about the film and I have so many other things to do today. I apologize to readers. I probably shouldn’t have made the post.

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