Directed by Stuart Cooper
83 min | 1975 | UK | Not Rated
Cast: Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam
Seamlessly interweaving archival war footage with a fictional narrative, this immersive account of one twenty-year-old’s journey from basic training to the front lines of D-Day brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity. Overlord, directed by Stuart Cooper and impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick’s longtime cinematographer John Alcott, is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine.
Winner: Silver Bear – 1975 Berlin International Film Festival
Roger Ebert review from the 2004 Telluride Film Festival
The most remarkable discovery at this year’s Telluride is “Overlord,” an elegiac 1975 film that follows the journey of one young British soldier to the beaches of Normandy. The film, directed by Stuart Cooper, won the Silver Bear at Berlin — but sank quickly from view after a limited release, and was all but forgotten until this Telluride revival… [Read the full review]