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The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century 

A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Judi Dench ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 1996
Salome Jens ...  Narrator (U.S.A Verison) 8 episodes, 1996
Jürgen Prochnow ...  Kaiser Wilhelm II 5 episodes, 1996
Michael York ...  Harold Owen / ... 5 episodes, 1996
Tim Pigott-Smith 4 episodes, 1996
Ian Richardson ...  David Lloyd George / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Natasha Richardson ...  Vera Brittain 4 episodes, 1996
Jay Winter Jay Winter ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1996
Rene Auberjonois ...  Jean Jaures / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Leslie Caron ...  Czarina Aleksandra Romanov 3 episodes, 1996
Ralph Fiennes ...  Wilfred Owen 3 episodes, 1996
Rupert Graves 3 episodes, 1996
Jeremy Irons ...  Siegfried Sassoon 3 episodes, 1996
David Keith ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1996
Jeroen Krabbé 3 episodes, 1996
Martin Landau ...  Woodrow Wilson 3 episodes, 1996
Malcolm McDowell ...  Charles Stockwell / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Liam Neeson ...  Adolf Hitler / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Kai Wulff ...  Franz Blumenfeldt 3 episodes, 1996
Helena Bonham Carter ...  Vera Brittain 2 episodes, 1996
David Hayter 2 episodes, 1996
Allan Hendrick Allan Hendrick 2 episodes, 1996
Udo Kier ...  Armin Wegner / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Mercurio ...  Cyril Lawrence 2 episodes, 1996
Helen Mirren ...  Margaret Randa / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Marion Ross ...  Kathe Kollwitz 2 episodes, 1996
Fredrich Solms Fredrich Solms 2 episodes, 1996
Norman Stone Norman Stone ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1996
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A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.

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1996 (USA) See more »

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1914-1918 See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Follows Democracy & Reform (1996) See more »

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Probably the worst documentary I have ever seen...
2 December 2018 | by andrevianeSee all my reviews

If you're going through your decaying collection of VHS tapes or DVD's, this is worth a final decay! I have seen thousands of documentaries and am a huge fan of the genre. Recently a friend offered me a pile of DVD's from her collection and as I can only remember my Belgian (Ghent) grand-mother's stories of this war I was hoping for some more information. I guess I feel a bit more informed but at a cost. This is precisely how a documentary should not be made! Focussed on sensation and drama, with plenty of full moon shots, candle lights and flames throughout the series, not to forget explosions. The worst is the soundtrack, never ceasing dramatic music every single second. It only stops briefly during some interviews with unidentified people. Judi Dench's voice is completely drained in it. Furthermore I am wondering how she felt about what she was reading out loud... Bad, a waste and a totally missed opportunity!


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