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129 Ratings

Many Wars Ago

Uomini contro

Directed by Francesco Rosi
Italy, Yugoslavia, 1970
  • Italian
  • English


In Northern Italy, WWI has turned into a bloody stalemate. Bogged down in their trenches on a barren highland, the men of an Italian infantry division have been given one objective: retake a commanding height from the enemy.

Our take

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.

Many Wars Ago Directed by Francesco Rosi

Critics reviews

The film’s geography and dramatic essence puts it on the shelf with Abel Gance’s two version of J’Accuse! (1919 and 1938), King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925), Lewis Milestone’s 1930 version of All Quiet on the Western Front… Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957)… Looking at that list, the subgenre’s patterns of ancient-vs.-modern, as well as of institutional injustice and imperial class bullshit and cannon-fodder existentialism, emerge and coalesce.
January 03, 2014
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