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Les croix de bois

Raymond Bernard Frankrike, 1932

Diderot's rating of the film Wooden Crosses

It's remarkable to me when movies like this get praised as "anti-war" masterpieces. This is the kind of poetic romanticization of war, even admitting its horrors, that keeps the "soldier" in place as the (ideologically) true hero of society. Critical quibbles aside, it's one of the best photographed war films I've seen. They still praise movies for doing exactly what this film does (i.e. Dunkirk).