I FILMED THE WAR

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(Yu­val Sa­giv, Canada). 75 min­utes. Rat­ing: York Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate stu­dent Yu­val Sa­giv’s de­con­struc­tion of the 1916 Bri­tish war doc­u­ment The Battle Of The Somme – shot by cam­era­man Ge­of­frey H. Malins, whose mem­oir pro­vides both the ti­tle of Sa­giv’s film and most of its on­screen text – is rig­or­ously con­structed and for­mally thrilling.

Au­di­ences hop­ing for a rous­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of wartime film­mak­ing will prob­a­bly be dis­ap­pointed by the un­apolo­get­i­cally de­tached and cere­bral ap­proach, but those will­ing to sub­mit to Sa­giv’s method will find How I Filmed The War ut­terly com­pelling.

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