Documentary Review

A Blog on Winston Churchill

They Shall Not Grow Old is an astonishing documentary. The familiar herky-jerky and often grainy scratched silent footage of the Western Front during the First World War has been entirely transformed by Peter Jackson in his film that was screened nationwide on December 17th and will be screened again on December 27th. The one-hundred year old original stilted footage that has always seemed to belong to a different and lost era has been restored with the application of technological processes to feel very lifelike and modern. The soldiers in They Shall Not Grow Old are once again made real.

The footage, drawn from the hundreds of hours of film that was shot on hand cranked cameras and is held at the Imperial War Museum, has been cleaned, sped up, and colorized with sounds of war and some music added in. The film narration is excerpted from oral history interviews with…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at

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