Overlord concentrates on a British youngster's World War II blitztime induction into the army, his brief training period and his early D-day death.

Overlord concentrates on a British youngster’s World War II blitztime induction into the army, his brief training period and his early D-day death.

Pic has a lovely reminiscent feel for its period and the deceptively peaceful at-home backdrop to the war in the buildup phase to the Allied invasion of the Continent, with bombers taking off from the green fields of England, convoys of invasion troops crossing silent villages and, as a foretaste of deadlier things to come, rarely seen footage of dummy run rehearsals conducted along the coasts of Britain, eerily dramatic when glimpsed in hindsight on later events.

Youth’s indoctrination, is very skillfully melded with real footage.

US director Stuart Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel.

Overlord

UK

Production

Imperial War Museum. Director Stuart Cooper; Producer James Quinn; Screenplay Stuart Cooper, Christopher Hudson; Camera John Alcott; Editor Jonathan Gili; Music Paul Glass

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Brian Stirner Davyd Harries Nicholas Ball Julie Neesam Sam Sewell
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