War films

War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.



  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review
  • Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review

Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 war film review

1969

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, United Kingdom)

Running time: 140 minutes

Categories: political filmstrenches films

Language: English


In 1914 the brand new war has started - young men in fancy uniforms marched down the streets, the crowds were cheering. But then came the reality - gas masks, trenches full of mud, corpses lying around the fields and the generals having a time of their lives while they were sacrificing lives of the others...



In 1914 Europe seemed to be on a way to a peaceful future - the great empires have divided into two alliances, so there would not be another war between them. On the paper it seemed reasonably enough, but old habits die hard and while they were dealing with the minor insurgent movements the generals were becoming anxious to give it another go and face a real army. In 1914 the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was a perfect opportunity - it was sudden, it involved dead aristocrat and... it was close enough to justify open conflict. They decided to take young men, dress them in fancy uniforms and send them into plains of Belgium to settle another round of "who has a bigger one?" competition. Of course the generals did not take part in the fights themselves - it is much better to leave it to the poor and hungry to settle such dispute. With high morale on both sides the shelling has started, and then the gas attacks, then the mud, the cold, the death... Soon the war was in a full swing and no one on the battlefield was even sure why they fight each other.

Film adaptation of Joan Littlewood musical of 1963, directed by Richard Attenborough, shows the whole spectrum of attitudes toward the war - from generals taking part in fancy balls to the soldiers knee-deep in the mud filling their trenches, and their families back home. Through the songs popular during the war we see how the atmosphere was changing from national euphoria to the grim reality of millions of people dying in pointless battles. Of course since it is musical it is hardly typical war film, but even with the sometimes veiled narration, the anti-war message is very clear and within 2 hours you can learn everything there is to know about the madness behind World War I.

Our rating

5.2 / 10

Film value

7 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy factor

3 / 5



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