BFI London Film Festival
4.15pm, 21 October 2012
Evocative images of tanks and trench warfare on the Somme in 1916, in this record of the British Army's winter campaign, restored with new music by the Imperial War Museum.
Director Geoffrey H Malins
Producer William F Jury. Camera Op JB McDowell
The Battle of the Ancre is the official record of the British Army’s winter campaign on the Somme in 1916, and is the sequel to the celebrated Battle of the Somme (1916). Although Ancre is less well-known than Somme, which did record business at the box-office, Ancre is the better film cinematically and contains evocative and haunting images of trench warfare, notably of the mud that beset the trenches in winter, the waves of troops advancing into no-man’s land, the use of horses and the first views of the tank – the secret weapon which it was hoped would break the deadlock on the Western Front. This is the premiere of the digitally restored version, undertaken for IWM (Imperial War Museums) by Prime Focus with the support of Discovery Networks. The soundtrack is the recent recording of Laura Rossi’s 2002 score arranged for fifteen musicians (Notes: Toby Haggith)
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