MANY WARS AGO

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MANY WARS AGO

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Francesco Rossi

1975  101 minutes  1.66:1  Italy

Editions: DVD and Blu-Ray

In Northern Italy, WWI has turned into a bloody stalemate. Bogged down in their trenches on a barren highland, the men of an Italian infantry division have been given one objective: retake a commanding height from the enemy.

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Synopsis

In Northern Italy, WWI has turned into a bloody stalemate. Bogged down in their trenches on a barren highland, the men of an Italian infantry division have been given one objective: retake a commanding height from the enemy. Unfortunately, the tactical ingenuity of general Leone, the unpopular division commander, consists of supplementing frontal attacks against machine-guns with medieval fighting schemes. His dispirited troops must be prodded with ever harsher measures into storming the Austrian positions. As casualties mount, indignation spreads amongst the rank and file. Disturbed by the decisions of his superiors, lieutenant Sassu is progressively led to question the purpose of the war and to reconsider where his real duties lie.

Reviews

A film of epic beauty that exposes the hypocrisy of the era without any pity.
— Michel Ciment
In terms of structure, Many Wars Ago owes a lot to Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, but the execution is purely Italian. Rosi’s approach to the combat is dirty and naturalistic, with carefully chosen moments of gore used to underscore the consequences of bad strategies.
— DVDTalk

Cast and Credits

Director
Francesco Rosi

Writers
Tonino Guerra  
Raffaele La Capria  
Emilio Lussu novel
Francesco Rosi

Producer
Marina Cicogna Luciano Perugia Francesco Rosi

Cast
Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria,

Cinematography
Pasqualino De Santis

Editing
Ruggero Mastroianni  

Music
Piero Piccioni

Special Features

Digitally restored in collaboration with the National Cinematheque and The Turin National Museum under the supervision of Francesco Rosi
Before and after Restoration
Interview with the Director
New and improved subtitle translation
Fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the Film

Production: Italy – 1975
Running time: 101 minutes, color
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0 Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
 

 

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