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World War One: Regenerations II

November 2018

A look at how each generation of filmmakers has interpreted the war.

As we conclude our centenary examination of how successive generations of filmmakers responded to the First World War, we move on to three British films from recent generations. Oh! What a Lovely War is a funny and angry criticism of WWI from a 1960s generation that wanted to change the world. Regeneration is a more melancholy and nuanced reflection of the effects of war on individuals and, if there is a critique of the war’s leadership, it’s with no expectation of change. And Private Peaceful again channels that cynicism and class anger through the prism of a rural working-class family’s experience.

Bryony Dixon, BFI Curator



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