DVD - 2007
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A docu-drama about the battle between the Ottoman Empire and Great Britain and its allies, one of the fiercest and most controversial battles of World War I. Includes newly uncovered diaries, photos, and interviews, computer animations and dramatic re-enactments.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Cinema Epoch ; [Port Washington, NY]: Distributed by Koch Entertainment, c2007.
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.426/GALLIPOLI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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This is an excellent film that provides a very intimate and human view of the campaign from both sides of the conflict. It gives both large-scale context and personal narrative (mostly from letters home) and a very, VERY up-close look at conditions in the trenches at Gallipoli, albeit nearly exclusively from Turkish and Anzac perspectives; British and French presence in the campaign is acknowledged, but given very little detail. The filmmakers do an excellent job of humanizing the participants, detailing the indescribable conditions in which they lived and fought, showing the cumulative effects that their suffering and privations had on their minds and bodies, and telling of the mutual respect that developed between the belligerents even as they tried their best to destroy one another.

While it may be hard to view for sensitive individuals, this is a very, VERY good program that is well worth the watch. It is both moving and thought-provoking at many levels, and one from which many lessons -and even hope- may be taken.


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