“They Shall Not Grow Old” – An Amazing Cult Movie Monday! Director Peter Jackson Brings History To Life!

An Amazing Cinematic Achievement From Director Peter Jackson!

Director Peter Jackson, known of course for his brilliant “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy among many other films, has now created more cinematic history!

For this “Cult Movie Monday”, I want to share an incredible new work that is actually a hundred years old! Yes, Jackson brings an important and powerful piece of our world history to life!

Returning To World War 1!

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is a new documentary directed and produced by Jackson. But it is so much more than just a collection of old black and white images, many of which are more than one hundred years old.

As wikipedia points out:

“The film was created using original footage of World War I from the Imperial War Museum’s archives, most of it previously unseen, alongside audio from BBC and IWM interviews of British servicemen who fought in the conflict. Most of the footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques, with the addition of sound effects and voice acting to be more evocative and feel closer to the soldiers’ actual experiences.”

Here is the trailer – prepare to be amazed:

As the trailer states perfectly: this war wasn’t lived in black and white, but that was the only way movies where shot at the time, so what Jackson has done is breathe new life into this old material – and therefore brings it to life for a new generation to experience and understand.

My friend and “Losing The Plot” blogger just added:

For the background noise, in addition to the noises you would anticipate, Jackson had a group of lip readers translate any footage of people speaking and then added all of this to the background so that it was both realistic and authentic. That level of detail is what sets this aside I think!

Yes, it’s important that we UNDERSTAND what men and women went through during this horrific war – and to be authentic as “Losing The Plot” says – for example, look at these WW1 statistics:

The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I were about 40 million: estimates range from 15 to 19 million deaths and about 23 million wounded military personnel, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.

In an era when vile groups try to discount the past, or in some unforgivable cases claim it never happened, these projects remind us of the futility and shocking loss of life that comes from war. I cannot wait to see this film, which is now on screens nationwide.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 108 reviews. The website’s critical consensus reads, “An impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation.”

Bravo to Peter Jackson, who just announced another documentary project he is undertaking – one that I can’t wait to see:

Yes, the 1970 documentary “Let It Be” will be re-cut with hundreds of hours of unseen footage, and of course, that pop culture moment when the band took to the roof of their office building in London to play their new music live:

Jackson has been given exclusive access to ALL of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” session footage and will re-cut that documentary for a new generation to experience!

You can see that story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/01/30/let-it-be-50-years-later-the-real-documentary-is-coming-director-peter-jacksons-musical-rescue/

Bravo to Jackson for bringing us this important new documentary for “Cult Movie Monday!”



Categories: 70's Cinema, 70's Music, Action Films, Art, Books / Media, Cult Movies, documentary films, Film Fight Club, Great Films, Memoirs, Movies, Obscure Movies, Politics, Pop Culture, Technology, Uncategorized

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 replies

  1. I have to watch this. I only hear great things. We are studying WWI next week. I wonder if I can show it in class? Nice post, John.

  2. I raved about this when I saw it on the BBC, John. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Stunning.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. For the background noise, in addition to the noises you would anticipate, Jackson had a group of lip readers translate any footage of people speaking and then added all of this to the background so that it was both realistic and authentic. That level of detail is what sets this aside I think!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Love She Travels

Inspiring independent women to travel the world with confidence

ran travels

traveling the world on a budget

Binging on a Budget

"Help Me, I'm Poor."

Sunshine with Savannah

Writer aiming to cultivate kindness. | Exploring, learning, scribbling, finding sunshine wherever I go.

Enchanting Moments

travel | reading | food | fitness | real talk

The Romantic Vineyard

A Rich Harvest of Ideas to Help Your Marriage Grow

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Niamh R Blogs

Lifestyle | Petite Fashion | Travel | Entertainment

This Coffee Life

wellness & good reads

A Rambling Reviewer

Here be rambles and reviews.

B&S About Movies

We'll see you...at the movies.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Wrangling literary arts for writers: words for people!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The Official Website for the Best Blogging Event of the Year!

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Colline's Blog

A potpourri of books and things

Byrnewithme

Sustainable Living

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Films. Travel. Photography. Books. Let's talk.

lazy day project

slow down or you’ll miss the best part

From Michigan to Germany

A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Eclectic Alli

A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

fancypaper

Little Things Make Us Happy

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

The Bloomin Brilliant Blog

Beauty, Lifestyle, and Travel

Suzie Speaks

The Adventures Of a Thirty-Something Life

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

The BookWorm Drinketh

Give Tea to the Tillerman, But Booze to the Bookworm!

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

Esme Salon

Share, Care & Inspire

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Come for Adventure. Stay for the Ride!

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

a mindful traveler

explore, live, love...

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

alexvorkovwriter

Flaming Goats Heads of Terror

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotronic Cinema

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

%d bloggers like this: