Tuesday, 13 November 2018

They Shall Not Grow Old

Commissioned by the IWM and 14-18 Now in association with the BBC, Peter Jackson's World War 1 documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, which aired on the Armistice centenary last Sunday, is the most extraordinary film restoration project ever undertaken - not only colourising and cleaning up footage taken from the Imperial War Museum's extensive archive but slowing it down and adding extra frames to make it run at 24fps and creating realistic sound and dialogue to bring it to life. Seeing the horror of war in such detail for the first time is utterly mind blowing. The Wizard of Oz moment when colour and sound is first introduced to the archive footage is especially chilling.

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