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Overlord

Author: James QuinnChristopher HudsonStuart CooperBrian StirnerDavyd HarriesAll authors
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2007, ©1975.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 382.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drafted into the British army, young Tom Beddows leaves his parents and his beloved cocker spaniel and reports for military duty, arriving late because of a German air raid. In training camp, he makes friends with Jack and Arthur. They all wish the war would go away, so they could return to their parents and girlfriends. Finally ordered into combat, a sense of impending doom prompts Tom to write a consoling letter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
War films
Nonfiction films
Short films
Documentary-style films
Documentary films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
War
Drama
Biography Drama
Named Person: Juan Genovés; Juan Genovés
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Quinn; Christopher Hudson; Stuart Cooper; Brian Stirner; Davyd Harries; Nicholas Ball; Julie Neesam; Sam Sewell; John Franklyn-Robbins; Stella Tanner; John Alcott; Charles A Ridley; Janus Films.; Imperial War Museum (Great Britain); Joswend Limited Productions.; Criterion Collection (Firm); Great Britain. Ministry of Information.
ISBN: 1934121339 9781934121337
OCLC Number: 99960017
Language Note: Closed-captioned in English with optional subtitles in English for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Notes: "D-Day, June 6, 1944.""-Container
Originally produced as a British motion picture in 1975.
Supplements: Commentary [optional audio feature with director Stuart Cooper and actor Brian Stirner] -- Theatrical trailer (3 min.) -- Mining the archive [featurette] (24 min.) -- Soldiers' journals [audio feature] -- Capa influences Cooper [photo essay/slide show] (8 min.) -- Germany calling [featurette] (2 min.) / British Ministry of Information, 1941. Allied propaganda short using clips from Leni Reifenstahl's Triumph of the will, comically edited by Charles A. Ridley and set to the British dance tune, "The Lambeth Walk". The legions of marching soldiers, as well as Adolf Hitler giving his Nazi salute, were made to look like wind-up dolls, dancing to the music. Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels is reported to have seen a copy of the short film and was outraged beyond reason, leaving his screening room kicking chairs and screaming profanities -- Cameramen at war [featurette] (15 min.) / produced by the British Ministry of Information, 1943. A tribute to newsreel and service film unit cameramen and features some of the most dramatic footage shot during the war -- A test of violence [featurette] (14 min.) : a short film about the Spanish artist Juan Genovés, whose paintings depict the horror of oppression and brutality -- Booklet includes the essays "Man versus machine" by Kent Jones, "The Imperial War Museum" by Roger Smither, and excerpts from the Overlord novelization, by Stuart Cooper and Christopher Hudson.
Credits: Photographed by John Alcott ; edited by Jonathan Gili ; music composed by Paul Glass.
Cast: Brian Stirner (Tom), Davyd Harries (Jack), Nicholas Ball (Arthur), Julie Neesam (the Girl), Sam Sewell (the Trained Soldier), John Franklyn-Robbins, Stella Tanner.
Awards: Winner, 1975 Silver Berlin Bear Special Jury Prize: Stuart Cooper; Interfilm Award-Otto Dibelius Film Award: Stuart Cooper, at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital mono.; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.66:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer.
Contents: Opening credits --
Air raid --
Private Beddows --
"I hate this war" --
Nightmares --
Assault training --
Dance --
"Where are we going?" --
Forms and francs --
Letter home --
"I've got nothing now" --
Initiative test --
Closing --
Color bars --
Commentary --
Supplements.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 382.
Other Titles: Germany calling.
Cameramen at war.
A test of violence.
Responsibility: Janus Films ; The Imperial War Museum presents ; produced by James Quinn ; a film by Stuart Cooper ; original screenplay by Christopher Hudson & Stuart Cooper ; directed by Stuart Cooper ; a Joswend Limited Production.

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Drafted into the British army, young Tom Beddows leaves his parents and his beloved cocker spaniel and reports for military duty, arriving late because of a German air raid. In training camp, he makes friends with Jack and Arthur. They all wish the war would go away, so they could return to their parents and girlfriends. Finally ordered into combat, a sense of impending doom prompts Tom to write a consoling letter to be delivered to his parents instead of the official military notice. Stoic and fatalistic, he will be among the first troops to land in Normandy at the launch of Operation Overlord, the Allied offensive to push the Nazis out of France.

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