Birdsong

Birdsong

DVD - 2012
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"Shifting in time between 1910 and 1916, Birdsong is the story of Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire. They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love, and is haunted by memories of the affair. As he battles amidst the blood and gore of the trenches he meets Jack Firebrace, a tunneller who unexpectedly helps him endure the ravages of war and make peace with his feelings for Isabelle"--Container.
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : WTTV Limited, c2012.
ISBN: 9781608836611
1608836614
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 165 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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Nooksack20
Sep 06, 2017

The fundamental story is solid and oft repeated in WWI stories. I found it a bit too slow for my taste in war films. The tunneling scenes were almost the same as the movie Hill 60. The romantic twist was well played and entertaining.

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KennethSmith
Jan 19, 2017

Anyone very familiar with war films and documentaries needn't bother with this overwrought romance. The Battle of the Somme looks like a skirmish in this recreation.

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readyrisa
Aug 23, 2016

Wow! So gripping and moving! The cinematography is absolutely beautiful. The battle scenes were very moving, I felt like I was down in that crawlspace with them. Good story and fantastic acting. I was glued to this and watched and the whole 2 parts in one sitting! AWESOME.

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BlueHippo
Dec 21, 2015

I enjoyed this movie very much. The love story is a little cheesy, but worth the efforts for the sets, photography, and costumes. The war story is outstanding. Very realistic. Be sure to watch the bonus features.

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firefly5
Jun 30, 2015

I found this movie difficult to follow. It flashed back & forth to the war so many times. It was somewhat interesting, I would rate it 3/10. No stars, it wasn't worth any!

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Jan 21, 2015

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harrybrowne Dec 17, 2013

Excellent production from start to finish. Big plus to this film is that it does not glorify or romanticize war. Instead, it shows war to be the bloody hell that it is, as well as its utter futility. Scenery and music are beautiful. Acting is good although a little monotonous. Worth seeing for the portrayal of WWI.

decarabas Apr 24, 2013

Is it just me or does Eddie Redmayne only have one facial expression?

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beatrice6368
Apr 15, 2013

One of the worst 'book to film' adaptions I've seen in a long time. So slow and as someone else said ... the 'smouldering looks' are overused by Redmayne to the point of annoyance and it becomes funny. The storyline was buried in the slow pace and I stopped before the end. Having read and enjoyed the book, I was thoroughly disappointed.

voisjoe1 Dec 16, 2012

Eddie Redmayne plays Wraysford, a British officer in WWI. I have a feeling that this is one of his best acted movies. We see his acting where he becomes a captive of a hot, passionate, illicit romance with a married, French woman. I say acting because he needs to pretend first in front of the woman that he is not interested, and then later in front of the husband that there is nothing going on. In entirely different scenes, Redmayne experiences the horrors of WWI, which was incredibly deadly and from what I have read, incredibly senseless and stupid (lesson number one). The second lesson, comes from the lips of Firebrace, a subordinate of Wraysford, and comes in the last few minutes of this two part Masterpiece Classic, 165 minute movie.

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MeghanJFranklin
Jan 06, 2013

Violence: A lot of gore, and basically everything you could expect in a brutal war film

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MeghanJFranklin
Jan 06, 2013

Sexual Content: Full frontal nudity

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re_discover
Jun 18, 2012

Violence: Battle scenes, blood and gore

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re_discover
Jun 18, 2012

Sexual Content: Nudity

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MeghanJFranklin
Jan 06, 2013

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voisjoe1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Jun 18, 2012

re_discover thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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aaa5756 Nov 02, 2013

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Nov 02, 2013

“Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.”-Ben Franklin

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