Staff Pick: OVERLORD (35mm)

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“The only thing wrong with OVERLORD is it’s too short.”Stanley Kubrick

In the early ’70s, director Stuart Cooper was granted unlimited access to the Imperial War Museum‘s vast trove of Second World War footage shot by British and German soldiers, a pristine and still mostly unseen testament to the destructive–and creative–power of mobilized humanity.  Around this material he constructed what is surely the most intimate, and most real, WWII narrative film ever made.  With lighting and period lenses, master cinematographer John Alcott (Barry Lyndon) matched the visual texture of the historical footage and, as in It Happened Here a decade before, authentic costumes and artillery contribute to the film’s uncanny period-immersion.  You will see things you have never seen before, and they will amaze you.  
 
Winner, Silver Bear Jury Prize, 1975 Berlin Film Festival

“OVERLORD, a prize-winning entry in the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, deserves to join the pantheon of essential World War II combat movies.” -A.O. Scott, NY Times

Directed by Stuart Cooper. 84 minutes. United Kingdom. 1975. 35mm.

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