1917 DVD - 2020 | Widescreen version

The film is typical of the British tendency to attempt epic war stories on the cheap. The grimness of trench warfare is reduced here to a gallivant through mud infested fields or a ruined village. Moreover, the story lacks not just in detail but also in historical accuracy, mainly a revisionist version of events with a politically correct slant. Soldiers of colour wander across the screen with a regularity not reflective of the British Army in Flanders. Sikhs were not sequestered with British troops and Black soldiers were very few and far between outside of regiments raised in the colonies. It is also worth noting that WWI airmen clung on to a pretense of chivalry: they were not do or die fanatics -- even German pilots obeyed the rules of gallantry.

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