This is most definitely a silent film; if it was made today it would have definitely been cut down by about 45 minutes (most of which would come from the first half of the film). as you might expect from a raoul walsh movie, there's an obnoxious protestant message flashed in your face at the beginning and end of the movie, but it's not a big deal. also, this era is the pinnacle of set design and it shows int…
I'm not going to say I liked the film because it seemed pretty standard in terms of a prestige picture, but I appreciated how it subverted traditional expectations of an early-mid 20th century war film. Not character-based, we don't see a humanized enemy, the film is about escaping not actual battle, and really the 'good guys' lose. Sound design was excellent.
I guess the narrative structure was 'cute,' but unnecessary. We get it, you made Memento.