On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous attack leads to a mutiny of the defeated.
World War I was a war that changed everything—including film. This is a very different kind of WWI epics: a tough attack on wartime insanity from underrated Italian master (and Palme winner) Francesco Rosi in his prime. In HD.
In-your-face and non-stop, this powerful anti-war film covers familiar ground but is still pertinent, both when it was made during Vietnam and in today's anti-terrorism era. Most of all, it's terrific filmmaking from one of Italy's most-politically astute-and-compelling directors
Not among Rosi's masterpieces, yet this is a relentless descent into the carnage of WWI trench warfare in inverse relation to the anti-war feelings of Italian troops. The worker-soldier is visually captured in the Brewster armour that renders this new massacre akin to children's war games. Acted with conviction by Cuny and Volonté it culminates in a powerful visual statement about granite war ideology. Recommended.