Last year marked the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles in history, the Battle of Verdun, fought through most of 2016 from 21 February to 18 December on the French border with Germany. “Verdun, Looking at History” chronicles the story of the Battle of Verdun through the eyes of those who fought there. Part documentary and part drama, it was shot on location between 1927 and 1928 a decade after the battle by French filmmaker Leon Poirier with assistance from veterans who fought there and may well be one of the first docudramas.
The Battle of Verdun was one of the largest battles of Wwi, lasting nearly a year and resulting in an estimated one million casualties with about one third of that number representing those killed. The French and German armies fought the battle on the Western Front in the Northeast part of France near the border with Belgium