Ukrainian trenches, war photographer Don McCullin, and alternative perspectives from art
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Thanks Victoria, I haven't watched the film but it put me in mind of my recent MA dissertation, which was based around the WW1 nursing memoirs of Mary Borden and the way she wrote about the mutilation of male soldiers. Shocking enough to research; not sure if I can brave a film.
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I saw this film on Netflix last week too. I could barely get through it but I forced myself to. It's interesting that it's from the perspective of the Germans, who in Western historiography have been painted as the baddies in WWI. They invaded Belgium in 1914 so they were the aggressors, just like Russia is now. This film moves away from who's to blame though, which I think is really interesting. It's just simply about the dehumanising impact of war on those who are in it. Thanks for the intro to Don McCullin, I didn't know his photography. I've just clicked on his website. Amazing work.
The book was assigned reading when I was in high school (in the 60s) and I vaguely recall seeing a film of that name too. Is the film a remake of a previous All Quiet?