Written June 11, 2007
Befuddled WWII recruit trains for Allied invasion of France in Stuart Cooper's masterpiece, never substantially released in the U.S. Partially funded by a British war museum, the film's almost seamless fabric of fictional narrative (beautifully acted and photographed) and documentary footage of airstrikes, burning ruins and war machine prototypes in action is powerfully hypnotic, every bit as haunting as it should be. Championed by many since it's European release, Overlord has remained virtually unknown in this country outside film fan circles but is now seeing distribution. It is the war movie for people who don't care for them, certainly one of the few that can claim to be both harsh and gentle. Not a moment of this 84 minute elegy fails to register.