Overlord feels like a small but vivid tragedy inside an epic container.
Though made 31 years after D-Day, the dramatic scenes have the period look of a '40s movie, which links them perfectly with the stunning archival footage.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Overlord, a prize-winning entry in the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, deserves to join the pantheon of essential World War II combat movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's still a feat of period filmmaking. More than that, Overlord's revivification of a wasteland Europe offers up a powerful whip lesson for the postwar complacent.
A majestic, somber work about war.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cooper gives it the right understated, unheroic feel.
It's an extremely clever weave of components, combining, almost flawlessly, the dramatized and the archival, the result being a hybrid of forms.
Combines its newsreel and fictional footage so effectively that it has a greater impact than all fiction, or all documentary, could have achieved.
| Original Score: 4/4