20th Century European History
Due Date: October 1, 2008
A Very Long Engagement
In the movie “ A Very Long Engagament” there is a sadness of love buried underneath the trenches of the war. Along with this sadness is a strong showing of Militarism and how it ruined so many lives in the years 1914-1918. Matilde’s account of lost love and hope has made her goal to struggle through the harsh realities of life to try to find an answer, an answer which she surely knows will cripple her mind. The strong sense of militarism comes in the depiction of how violent and unnecessary the war was. The director of the movie cuts back to the war references of sending the five out and showing their deaths it shows a sense of nationalism as well. This nationalism shown is not the original “proud” acknowledgement of a nation but rather the nation throwing out its own blood into crossfire of “jerry” guns, guaranteed death. Regardless of the 5 soldier who wanted to return to their lives at home, country sent them to their deaths. This view of nationalism is sanding especially because of the time and effort each soldier had put in the French front line. When Mathilde is visited by the woman of another man which was also court marshaled she learns of the truth of the terror. How the soldiers were pardoned and should not have died. This new lady into the story shows a violent synopsis of her nationalistic and militaristic styles by murdering all who condemned her man. The characters in this movie insist on revenge and hope in the same splitting second.
On the way to meet her man Matilde partially crippled by polio was no longer thinking of the war which consumed the last 4 years of her life, or the pain her fiancé suffered, yet she shows an undying and unconditional love for her love once lost. The military nor the nation could have given her this feeling and neither shall take it away.
I believe this movie is a wonderful representation of WWI. It shows what happens...
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