Rent Wooden Crosses (1932)

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1h 55min
Rent Wooden Crosses (aka Les croix de bois) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
The film that most firmly established the talent of French director Raymond Bernard before his epic adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les miserables, Wooden Crosses (Le croix de bois) was widely hailed at the time of its release in 1932 for its searing depiction of the horrors of the European front during World War I; subsequently, Bernard was named soldier of honour of the 39th Infantry Division.
Adapted from a novel by Roland Dorgeles (a former corporal of the 39th), Wooden Crosses offers a kaleidoscope of cinematographic technique to present a visceral, enveloping recreation of one regiment's experience of battlefield hell. (Its entire cast is comprised of war veterans.) It is an epic tapestry that rivals John Ford's Four Sons and Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front in both its poetry of trauma and steadfastness of conviction that war must be held in contempt.
From a gorgeous new Pathe restoration carried out for the centenary for the start of the Great War, Raymond Bernard's Wooden Crosses retains a ferocity that continues to reverberate across generations
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Raymond Bernard, Roland Dorgelès
Aka:
Les croix de bois
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
France, Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2015
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
French, German
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.19:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Video interview with historian Marc Ferro arm film historian Laurent Wray
  • A short documentary on the new restoration
  • Wooden Crosses: A Sonic Adventure, documentary exploring early sound design
  • Archival interviews with Raymond Bernard and author Roland Dorgeles
  • Vintage 1914 newsreels
  • Documentary piece on early 20th century poster artist Adrian Barrere
  • The Absent Battle, the Omnipresent War, a collection of photography from WWI taken by Andre Schnellbach who served with Dorgeles in the 39th
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2015
Run Time:
115 minutes
Bonus:
  • Video interview with historian Marc Ferro arm film historian Laurent Wray
  • A short documentary on the new restoration
  • Wooden Crosses: A Sonic Adventure, documentary exploring early sound design
  • Archival interviews with Raymond Bernard and author Roland Dorgeles
  • Vintage 1914 newsreels
  • Documentary piece on early 20th century poster artist Adrian Barrere
  • The Absent Battle, the Omnipresent War, a collection of photography from WWI taken by Andre Schnellbach who served with Dorgeles in the 39th

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