The Big Parade (1925)
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Who on earth disliked this movie, they should be court-martialed.
Stunning, shocking, heartbreaking movie. This is my favourite war film of all time and the Carl Davis score is one of the best ever written for the movies in my opinion, there really are few films that are this emotional and engaging that also give such a strong impression of what history was like. So many films about The Great War have been released since and it seems the harder they try to emulate the horrors of the war with modern techniques and technology, the further they come from the truly great, emotional cinema that was made in the years following the war itself. All Quiet on the Western Front is later a more bitter, realistic portrayal of WW1 but the way this movie mixes a lot of brutality and hardness in with good old optimistic movie magic cannot be matched, King Vidor was a master of this combination and i'll be watching this film for many many years to come. Just wish i could now see it in the cinema!
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This movie ranks #3 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #7 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
This movie ranks #18 in Silent Era's The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #25 in Paul Rotha's Silent but Not Forgotten
This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's 1920s Top 50
This movie ranks #26 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #44 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #53 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #78 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #99 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #102 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #364 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #429 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown