“101” | Nice IFF 201817/04/2018
‘101’ directed by Josef Luszpinski & Pawel Siedlik is a silent feature documentary, created in tribute to ‘J’accuse!'(1919) by Abel Gance. ‘J’accuse!’ is considered one of the most important anti-war statements in the film history. ‘101’ deals with the Battle of Tannenberg, which was fought in 1914 in East Prussia (today’s Poland). The battle has ended with a victory of German soldiers over the Russian armed forces.
But the narrative part of ‘101’ is not only about past history. It’s also confronts problems of today’s world, exposed through the point of view of the same historical figures, who have taken part in the Battle of Tannenberg. Their viewpoints in the form of a ‘documentary tableau’ are presented as a part of main plot of the film in a harmony with a subjective musical narration, so characteristic for a silent film.
‘101’ is an artistic view on the world today. By shooting their film, Josef Luszpinski & Pawel Siedlik raise a historically justified doubt on whether, it still makes sense to create an anti-war movie, 101 years after the outbreak of World War I. And if it is worth a while to refer to ‘J’accuse!’ which has almost sunk into an oblivion.
Run time: 82m