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Montenegrin king Nicolas (first from left) and his guards during a visit to France (IIRC). Most guards have standard issue Mosin rifles, but note the one standing to a king sporting Winchester 1907...


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Not a mere photo, obviously.


‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ First Trailer: Peter Jackson Breathes New Life Into Century-Old WWI Footage

The first film the director of "The Lord of the Rings" in four years, a new documentary brings The Great War to life in breathtaking detail.

Jude Dry

Sep 28, 2018 4:04 pm


The first trailer has been released for Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which brings breathtaking detail to century-old archival footage, presenting WWI like it’s never been seen before. Not one to shy away from a challenge, the Kiwi director, best known for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, has turned out an ambitious documentary of epic proportions. His first movie in four years, since the final installment of “The Hobbit,” Jackson and his team have colorized and restored hours of WWI footage, having gained exclusive access to Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives.


Created to honor the centenary of the First World War armistice, on November 11, 1918, “They Shall Not Grow Old” brings to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. The footage has been colorized, converted to 3D and transformed with modern production techniques, making the hundred-year-old footage feel like it was shot today.


“They Shall Not Grow Old” was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC, and produced by WingNut Films and executive produced by House Productions. The film will make its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 16. A live Q&A with Jackson will be hosted by journalist Mark Kermode.


Check out the trailer for “We Shall Not Grow Old” below.




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That looks fantastic. Sometimes when they colour these in they overdo it, but the palate looks fantastic.


There was a documentary on last year at the time I think of Paschendale, where they got a deaf women to lip read some of the comments in the footage so they could attempt to place various frames of film. Some of it was really interesting.

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Yeah, that's what Jackson did, too.


October 9, 2018 / 8:43 PM / 2 days ago

Soldiers given a voice in century-old footage in Jackson's new war film
LONDON (Reuters) - For his new World War One documentary film, “They Shall Not Grow Old”, director Peter Jackson was adamant the soldiers should tell their own stories.

To do that, the acclaimed New Zealand director hired forensic lip-readers to go through old silent film footage of the war and uncover the conversations that took place in the trenches and on the battlegrounds 100 years ago.


Those words were mixed with interviews with former soldiers from 600 hours of tape in the BBC archives to create a documentary that includes only the words of the soldiers themselves, in a full-color war as they would have seen it.


“There’s been lots of documentaries made on the First World War...and I just decided for this one to strictly just use the voices of the guys that fought there,” Jackson, director of the “Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” series told Reuters on Tuesday. “So no historians, no narration, no nothing.”


Old film was meticulously restored. Computers were used, not only to add color to black and white footage, but to remove imperfections, fill splices and reconstruct missing frames from film that was shot with fewer frames per second than today.


Forensic lip readers, who usually work with the police determining what people say on silent security camera footage, were able to decipher the words spoken long ago on film. Actors were hired to give the soldiers on screen a voice.


The film will have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival next week.


“It’s not the story of the war,” said Jackson. “It’s the story of the human experience of fighting in the war.”




I heard the film is so far planned to screen only in the UK, which would be a shame; I hope not.

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I saw it last night in NYC. It was outstanding. My wife had no idea what she was walking into, and now she wants to see the other 99 or so hours of restored footage. If you see it, be sure to wait through the credits and watch the "making of" documentary afterward.

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