There’s comedy aplenty – slapstick punches, custard pies and gags reminiscent of Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle; there’s adventure, high drama moments of great bravura, and passionate love stories. The filming begins on 28 June 1914, the day of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in Sarajevo, the gunpowder that sets Europe alight. It ends with news of another assassination – that of Jean Jaures on 31 July followed by the general conscription of 1 August, heralded by church bells across France. The allegory of the shipwreck is filmed at breakneck pace during the last five weeks before war breaks out.
Timing: 7h30 (Film : 3h00 + Bonus : 4h30)
Video: Colour, 16/9, NTSC
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 & Stereo
Region code: 0
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
Bonus (4h30): Interviews and Making Of