Towards the end of 1930, two veterans of the First World War, one German and the other British, came together to shoot a film pilgrimage of the Western Front battlefields to impress upon younger generations that war, “is not a childish game, a glorious adventure”, but “a hideous ugly thing”.
Released in 1931 the film gained a following among the burgeoning peace movement and became an unofficial film for the League of Nations Union. The soundtrack was recorded on discs, now sadly lost, so a script has been created from the synopsis in the original press brochure and accounts of the battlefields and war-ravaged towns written at the time.
This script, along with music composed by Stephen Horne, will be performed live to accompany the Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) digital restoration of the print, at this special ‘work in progress’ screening.
Dir: Fred Swann, Hans Nieter | UK | 1931 | N/C 12A | b&w | 35m + talk
With: Moore Marriott, Eric Pavitt
Performing live Stephen Horne (piano), Toby Haggith (narration)
Introduced and presented by Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at IWM and the researcher on the project.
This event will be presented with BSL and electronic notetaking for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences