[Marxism] 1917 | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Sun Jan 12 14:33:57 MST 2020
Unlike WWII, films about WWI tend to be bitter antiwar commentaries.
This includes the 1930 “All Quiet on the Western Front, the 1937 “The
Grand Illusion,” one of the greatest films ever made, and Stanley
Kubrick’s 1957 “Paths of Glory.” Since WWI was such an obviously
imperialist affair, it would be difficult to represent it as a heroic
defense of freedom—even if the propaganda surrounding the war tended to
make the “Huns” a demonic force.
Since as Alexander Pope put it, fools rush in where angels fear to
tread, it was no surprise that Sam Mendes would make a film titled
“1917” that, while not nearly an attempt to turn the two British
soldiers it features into freedom-fighters, does make their efforts to
warn off their comrades from a surprise German trap look like a noble
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