Raum, zeit ... or otherwise said, sing about war in German because war is terrifying (paraphrasing a joke). Basic message - war is good for business, but also for mutilating entire generations, starting with their poets, who seem to have died in large numbers during WW1. If a pacifist, this is a movie to strenghten your resolve. If a fighter, this is a movie that would make you think twice before heading to battle.
Though Nyman as a film director is a wonderful composer, his collage shows the sublime results of WWI (including Dada and Futurism), and sadly also how 100 years after we have not yet learned a thing from it... with our world "leaders" still boasting their armed might as the key to power.
Un film d'une violence réelle dont le montage et le son parvient à exprimer toute l'horreur de la guerre. Bravo, trouvez-nous d'autres pépites de ce genre que l'on puisse encore voir ce que le XXè siècle nous a fait connaître comme horreurS, car ce n'était pas la dernière...
Bouleversant et extraordinaire. La musique, les chants – somptueux – mènent le film (c'est rare et toujours stupéfiant un film où le son mène l'image). Mais le montage des footage n'est pas en reste. Tout d'un coup la guerre de 14 apparait comme la matrice de tout l'horrible XXe siècle. Les monstres, les corps-machines, les gueules cassées. D'une sidérante beauté, sans une parole, ce film donne à penser.
I feel that I lack the vocabulary to describe this one; It's powerful and almost unbearable. At points the music is sublime, it lacks violence but shows plenty of trauma. Maybe it's horrific, I don't know if it's good but it should probably be required viewing for anyone who wants to make video art.
This unutterable drivel was other people's images set to Michael Nyman's music, and for what purpose? None other than the bleeding obvious 'War is awful' message. This would be better confined to an art gallery as a moving installation, while the rest of us can enjoy proper cinema, which this so called film just isn't.
Horribly depressing. Pair this with Far from Vietnam for a look at opposite ends of the 20th century which prove, if nothing else, that man is incapable of learning from past mistakes and our need to inflict pain on (the) other(s) is never sated. The last 15 years of war is all the proof one needs point to.
I did like the fact that the makers of this film mostly avoided battle scenes, but instead focused on the wounded. Images of soldiers with severely damaged faces, victims of poison gas and "shell shock" (PTSD) were disturbing and unforgettable. The music didn't quite fit the subject... perhaps it needed to be more "modern" like Britten's War Requiem, deploying dissonance, layering and rhythm.
This is a great work of bringing to light the horror that war produces. We do know it is like that. That is why drone war seems so appealing, with its promise of putting all the damage in war territory and leaving "our boys" safe. War leaves maimed human beings behind. And widows, orphans. Destroyed lives. Ruins. To created or elaborate on its death aesthetics is tricky business, like George Rodger found out in WW2.