‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ a history lesson worth taking

Jack Petro
Jack Petro

This year marks the 100-plus year anniversary of the Great War 1914-1918 where millions lost their lives on the battlefields of Europe, Russia, and in the Atlantic Ocean.

The British historians have taken it upon themselves to record these events from their point of view in the documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.” The title comes from Englishman L. Bington’s poem, “Fear the Fallen.”   

The film is the result of 600 hours of individual interviews along with countless film clips that have been colorized and transformed into the 3D format. The film views the war from the standpoint of ordinary British foot soldier in its early days.

The United States entered the war in April 6, 1917 and the flood of fresh American troops caused Germany to seek an Armistice which was signed on Nov. 11, 1918.

The folly of war is subtly scrawled across the screen when German and British share canteens at 11:00 on the eleventh of November.

This two-hour, 20-minute show is a history lesson worth taking.  It currently is showing at the Barnstorm Theater at the Brownwood Square in The Villages.   

Villager Jack Petro reviews movies for Villages-News.com