An anti-war classic from the director of NAPOLEON
(1919) is a story set against the backdrop of World War I that is considered
one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major
pacifist film. Gance, who had served briefly in the military during World
War I, decided to return to active service in 1919 in order to film real
battle scenes to include in the project. However, the film had been reedited
and shortened for peacetime reissue in 1922, and has not been available
since in its original form.
Films Studios, Paris, working in collaboration with Netherlands Filmmuseum
have culled materials from the Lobster Collection, the Czech archive in
Prague, the Cinematheque Francaise, and the Netherlands Filmmuseum to
make the best possible and most complete edition of the original 1919
edit of the film.
The 2-DVD Flicker
Alley Collection edition will have a retail price of $39.95, and features
a new symphonic score composed and conducted by Robert Israel