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KOKODA FRONTLINE:DVD

SYNOPSIS:
The Kokoda campaign of World War II was a historic one in which the Japanese advance over New Guinea's Kokoda Track was to be defended by Australian soldiers - Far outnumbered. The Japanese success would establish a base from which to attack Australia. Damien Parer joined the soldiers in the hellish conditions of the Track to record this footage.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Newsreel footage in today's television has prepared us for - and desensitised us against - Damien Parer's extraordinary work in recording hand to hand combat in the last war. If you want to sense the visceral effect of what Parer shot, turn off the sound and watch the footage. The dated music and narration style distracts us from the edginess and gut wrenching proximity of death and injury, in a campaign that approximates Gallipoli for its impact on the Australian national psyche.

Parer was filming human beings in extreme circumstances; that was his subtext, I reckon. The narration has to accommodate his humanity - and does so, but the images are far more powerful than the words.

Published November 17, 2005

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KOKODA FRONTLINE:DVD (Exempt)
(Aust, 1942)

NARRATION: Damien Parer, Peter Bathurst

PRODUCER: Ken G. Hall

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Damien Parer

RUNNING TIME: 72 minutes

PRESENTATION: Full screen; DD AC3 stereo;

SPECIAL FEATURES: Introduction and concluding remarks by Peter FitzSimons, author of Kokoda; Damien Parer archives;

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Reel Corp

DVD RELEASE: November 17, 2005







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