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Passchendaele (2008)
Paul Gross
 Film Details
 Year  2008
 Director  Paul Gross
 Rating
- 8 votes (4.5/10)
Follows the exploits of Canadian soldiers leading up to one of the key battles of World War I that was fought over nearly four months in 1917.
 
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
 
The motion picture Passchendaele, an epic set amidst the horror of war, was shot in Alberta from August 20th to October 23rd 2007, directed and written by Paul Gross. The film represents a lifelong dream of Gross s, who learned of this extraordinary period in Canadian history from his grandfather, Michael Joseph Dunne. The Battle of Passchendaele represents a story of determination, commitment and triumph, and this defining chapter in the forging of a nation shall never be forgotten.


 From on Sep 21, 2011 09:43:36
One could really care less about the 'artistic' merits of this love story but the fictional presentation of Canadian history and military culture is a disgrace.  If this was Mr. Gross' 'lifelong dream' then it is a nightmare for those of us who have served, and especially our grandparents generation who fought the battle. 
The adolescent myth that suggests the 'Canadian boys' resented the 'British' and the 'Empire' as depicted  is pure rubbish.  His false caricature of officers as 'English snobs' and the enlisted boys as good old Canadian rebels fightin' for independence is enough to make one sick.  First off, at least half or more of the whole of the Canadian Corps were UK & Ireland born; including Gross own grandfather from Dublin who was the 'inspiration' for the movie (Of course, there wasn't a British or Irish accent to be heard among the regular players)  Most of the officers in the CEF, like Georges Vanier, were born in the Dominion.  The very senior officers, of course, were mostly English or Scots.  What the movie forgets is that they are all British soldiers and that the resentment towards 'aristocratic' senior officers wasn't about being 'British' but about snobbery and stupidity.
It is shameful that this thing is being unleashed on young Canadian students who think that their forebears hated being British more than the enemy they were fighting.  We have seen similar things about Vimy.  It's a bloody lie...and if my grandfather, from Plymouth, Devon, who fought the battle were to meet the director, he'd give him a good punch in the nose for the insult.