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  • 3.7
Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage with a fictional narrative, this immersive account of one twenty-year-old's journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity. OVERLORD, directed by Stuart Cooper and impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick's longtime cinematographer John Alcott, is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine.

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top reviewer

Blessed with the use of The Imperial Museum's real war footage, John Alcott and Stuart Cooper seamlessly merge narrative fiction with reality. The war footage is both beautiful and horrific. An unforgettable film about war and the reality of its devastation.

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top reviewer

Much of the authentic photography was new to me. The development of boys into soldiers was pretty much the way things were. The brief romantic plot was well handled and the actors quite believable. Getting the English view of the landings preparation was quite thorough. All those people, all the material, all those details, all those decisions. I learned a new respect for people like Eisenhower, for the burden they carried. The burning or mailing of all personal data before embarking seemed such a brutal demand, but it was probably necessary for security reasons, and as it also was stated in the film, that it made the individual feel that he had become a nothing. As Churchill once said: "The purpose of the soldier is to die." The dispassionate removal of all that is personal and the absolute submission to authority along with the removal of choice, leads to a trained fighting machine, and to the definition that "War is hell." The film told the story without pulling punches and I'm glad it didn't manufacture a happy ending. For those of us who have gone through the process, there will probably be some troubled or sleepless nights.