'Our Century' is an outstanding series of ten programmes, comprising exceptional film archives made throughout the last century. It covers the great international events that marked both our history and everyday life and also addresses the major issues of the time. Europe is torn apart. The desire to live, to reject old values and create a new culture, seizes hold of the survivors of the war. The United States and Japan become world powers, whilst Communist Russia both fascinates and worries the West. The world dances to the rhythm of jazz.
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- Our Century: 1918-1928: The Years of Jazz review by Swambi
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The film collates a varied selection of film clips from the period in question, some fascinating, some less so. These seem to have been rather randomly assembled, and lack a clear structure, explanation and narration as to how they relate to the progress and history of the period, which detracts from the experience. (Also, I personally found the accent and tone of the narrator rather off-putting, even apart from the cursory way in which the events of the period were quickly rushed through.)
On the positive side, some of the clips do amazingly bring to life the people and events of the period. The clip of the burning of the Hindenberg airship (in 32 seconds) is unforgettable.