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Special Screening

Off-site: They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old
May 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Please note: this screening takes place at The American Legion, located at 2035 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068.

$15 limited parking will be available on-site (cash only). Free parking will also be available at the northeast corner of Highland Ave. and Milner Rd., a half block north of the building.

6:30 p.m. Doors and bar open

7:30 p.m. Remarks

8 p.m. Screening

They Shall Not Grow Old  (U.K./New Zealand, 2018)

In partnership with Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion and the UCLA Film & Television Archive Board, the Archive presents a special screening of director Peter Jackson’s new documentary on the First World War, They Shall Not Grow Old (2018). The film, which has garnered rave reviews, is an amazing achievement, made possible by new digital technology which turns grainy, silent, black and white newsreel footage into a color sound film. It seemingly takes the viewer into the real world as it existed in 1914 to 1918. In that sense, it is not a documentary per se, but rather an aesthetic reimagining of what the human experience of the First World War was for ordinary British soldiers at the front in France.

"Peter Jackson has taken a mass of World War I archival clips from Britain’s Imperial War Museum and fashioned it into a brisk, absorbing and moving experience."—New York Times

"A collection of scratched, century-old film once rendered visually inscrutable by wear and tear emerges from the digital chrysalis as pristinely tactile and alive, blown up into grand spectacle."—Variety

"A superb technical achievement... as a immersive primer on the first-hand experiences of British soldiers, this innovative documentary is a haunting, moving and consistently engaging lesson in how to bring the past vividly alive."—The Hollywood Reporter

Presented in 2D. DCP, b/w and color. 99 min. A Wingnut Films production in association with BBC, commissioned by 14-18 Now, Imperial War Museum. Producer: Clare Olssen, Peter Jackson. Executive producer: Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross, Di Lees, Jenny Waldman. Director: Peter Jackson. Editor: Jabez Olssen.

Watch the official trailer: