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Old March 6 2013, 01:07 AM   #146
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Re: Movies Seen In 2013


28. Wooden Crosses (A-)

The other movie that came in the Criterion Eclipse collection of Raymond Bernard's early sound films, this is a 1932 war epic following soon on the heels of All Quiet on the Western Front, to which it makes a good companion piece. Like that movie, it's about a newcomer to the First World War, and his loss of ideals; it's less character-centred than the earlier movie, and, as with Les Miserables, Bernard has a tendency to lose his characters for long stretches in the middle of big sweeping scenes with crowds (battles, in this case). But those battle scenes are truly stunning -- literally decades ahead of their time. The effects, editing, and camerawork are amazing.

Cinema: 7
Home Video: 20 (+1)
Computer: 1
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