This video is the trailer of the film A very long engagement.
From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog.
A very long engagement; anti World War I film
Date: 2/7/05 at 8:55PM
Mood: Thinking Playing: War, by Edwin Starr
More cowardice in Hollywood: also no nominations for A Very Long Engagement.
A film by the makers of well known Amélie, with its star Audrey Tautou.
However, probably in Hollywood they thought: “a French, sorry … “freedom” film (like French letters in King George’s kingdom are “freedom letters” etc.).
An anti war film; well, anti World War I, about ninety years ago, but still … it shows soldiers killed by their “own side” authorities …
So, “Let’s stay on our knees for Washington DC.”
One of the points of this poignant film is that ordinary French and German people had no reason to hate each other; the warmongers on both sides were the problem.
Many people might think a prostitute and murderess (the character “Tina Lombardi” in this film) is a very bad person indeed.
Well, in this film it turns out: not if compared to warmongers, who are far, far worse.
As the lead character Mathilde (Audrey Tautou‘s role) finds out: after a personal meeting she would never repeat her earlier reference to Tina as “that whore”.
Dadaism against World War I: here.
Christmas 1914 soldiers’ truce: here.
Wozzeck, opera on World War I by Alban Berg: here.
French film maker Jean Renoir: here.