1864: A reviewPosted: May 30, 2016
In order to reduce the original eight part series so that it will be only two hours long, the numerous subplots from the original TV series have been omitted. The film tells the story of two brothers – Laust and Peter – and their involvement in the war. This makes it a much more focused and – in my opinion – a much better film to watch.
The first twenty minutes of the film relates the background to the lives of the two brothers, after which it concentrates on telling the story of the war through their eyes.
The quality of the battle scenes is remarkable, and in some of them one can almost feel that one is actually there. It is interesting to see how the film’s director has referenced scenes from famous paintings and illustrations done in the aftermath of the war. The following stills give some impression of how impressive their achievement has been:
I recommend the DVD of the film version of this series to anyone who has an interest in The Second Schleswig War of 1864.
Below are some of the images produced after the war that were referenced in the film: