Special Screenings of "Apocalypse WWI"

Apocalypse WWI: How did the world endure this atrocious conflict for four long years? A better understanding of how yesterday’s world was driven to the brink of apocalypse.

Presented by the French Embassy in Ireland, the Institut Français and the French Partnership for First World War Centenary Commemorations in association with the National Museum of Ireland

GIF Apocalypse WWI is a new series by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle, directors of Apocalypse WWII, the historical series with the highest ratings worldwide (Eurodata & Mediamétrie, June, 2011), broadcast in over 165 countries, and Apocalypse Hitler, chosen Best Archival Documentary Series by History Makers (New York, 2012).

Could the sacrifice of an entire generation have been avoided? How did such a cruel and far-reaching conflict occur? How did men and women endure this atrocity for four long years?

The series Apocalypse WWI takes a strategic and global approach to address these fundamental questions, but also, and most importantly, tells the story with a sensitive, intimate approach on a human level.
The series was produced using over 500 hours of archival footage, much of it previously unseen, and now completely colorized. The story takes us to the battlefields, inside the minds of those who govern, and to the heart of the everyday life of civilians behind the lines, thanks to some of the first amateur films, so rare from this period. We will move from the trenches in the North of France to the lesser-known fronts of Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Palestine and the Arabian deserts where millions of soldiers from the five continents perish or suffer wounds of the flesh and mind.

Thanks to numerous letters, diaries and books written during the war, the narration brings to life the memories and the experiences of these men and women, and helps us better understand and feel how yesterday’s world was driven to apocalypse.

The film cycle Apocalypse WWI include 5 Episodes, as follow:

Episode 1 Fury

On June 28, 1914, the assassination of an obscure Austrian archduke in Sarajevo triggers the most disastrous conflict the world has ever known. Germany becomes an enemy to France, invades Belgium, and in September arrives at the gates of Paris. Will Germany win the war so quickly?

Episode 2 Fear

The French army stops the German advance at the battle of the Marne, while the Germans halt the Russians at Tannenberg on the eastern front. In France, the warring parties dig themselves in for 4 years in the trenches. Soldiers from the colonies come lend a hand to their colonizers and the war becomes global.

Episode 3 Hell

1916. The war is raging in Europe and stretches from the trenches in France to the Italian Alps and the Balkans, and beyond to the gates of the Eastern world. The conflict becomes industrial, and millions of shells rain down on the battlefields; Verdun and the Somme are the deadliest battles in this second year of the war. Who can stop this infernal machine?

Episode 4 Rage

1917. People have had enough of the war. Behind the scenes, uprisings are brewing, like the one that toppled the Tsar in Russia; on the front soldiers begin to mutiny as they did at Chemin des Dames in France. German submarine attacks in the Atlantic will finally pull the Americans into the war, but they arrive too late to help prevent the carnage of the Battle of Passchendaele…

Episode 5 Deliverance

All seems lost for the Allies. The Italians are defeated at Caporette, and a Bolshevik Russia pulls out of the war. But the American reinforcements are decisive, and the Allies emerge victorious. The Allies are unable to negotiate an honorable peace agreement, and the Treaty of Versailles, 20 years later, will have disastrous consequences.

Special Screenings of "Apocalypse World War I" [1]

(France/Canada | 2014 | col | directors Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle | documentary)
@ The National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

Screening Schedule
Episodes 1 & 2 Sun 9 November, 2.30-4.45pm
Episodes 3 & 4 Sun 23 November, 2.30-4.45pm
Episode 5 Sun 30 November, 2.30-3.30pm

Admission Free - No Booking required
Screening in English
Presented by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Ireland, the Institut Français, the French Partnership for First World War Centenary Commemorations in association with the National Museum of Ireland
Info: scac@ambafrance-ie.org


[1Co-produced by CC&C (France), Idéacom International (Canada) and ECPAD – with the collaboration of France Télévisions, TV5 Québec Canada, RTBF, Planète, TVO, Knowledge Network, National Geographic Channels, American Heroes Channel, Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’image animée, Crédit d’impôt cinéma et télévision du Québec, Crédit d’impôt pour la production cinématographique ou magnétoscopique canadienne, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles – Québec, Fonds Québecor, Fonds Bell, Fonds des médias du Canada, Entertainment One

[2Apocalypse WWI has been broadcasted as the 2014 prime time event for France2, TV5 Québec Canada, TVO, Knowledge, RTBF, Planète, National Geographic Channels International and Military Channel.

Published on 04/12/2014

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