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They Shall Not Grow Old


There’s a tendency to think of the recent past, a hundred years ago or so, as existing solely in shadowy black and white images, as was the state of film at the time. In Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old the major conceit is the use of technology to colorize old footage to give it a life that it did not have prior. However, this is only one aspect to this vexing, engaging film. The stylized footage of ruddy-faced boys in blues and greens doesn’t really factor in until half an hour into the film, and at that point my attention was already focused, rapt as the every scene unfolded.

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