Excellent post. I remember watching this film in a history class in high school. Most of the students in the class weren't accustomed to watching films from the 1930s, but we were all pretty startled by this moment.
The first time I ever saw that it startled me too. Lewis Milestone does a tremendous job throughout the battle sequences at creating a hellish, filthy, unrelenting environment.
Haven't seen the film yet, but the limbs just take over the entire image towards the end. I mean, it almost seems stuck on the image, obscuring the other elements...Cheers!
Milestone does a very good job with the film in visual terms. The battle scenes are so well done because he does tend to take a large, cratered battlefield and focus the viewer in on one aspect of it.
That guy's going to be okay, right?
Well, sure, I mean, I assume the body just grows back.
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