Voices in Wartime
Voices in Wartime (2005)

Poetry has long been a medium that has communicated the concerns of the heart and mind during times of crisis, and one subject that has motivated many poets to reach for their pen is war. Many of the world's great poets have written… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 15, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Stodgily structured by intercutting grisly stock footage with talking heads and muddy videos of Poets Against the War events, Voices in Wartime isn't nearly as cinematically inspiring as many of the poets it brings to light.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

A stirring testament to the search for meaning.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

An absorbing and eye-opening documentary about war poetry.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

An overview of the historic relationship between war and poetry.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Voices in Wartime is a thoughtful, provocative exploration of the ways poets have dealt with the experience of battle throughout history.

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Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly

One of the most original war movies ever made. Men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

An important new documentary that looks at the ways in which poetry helps people come to terms with conflict.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's interesting that, in a documentary about war poetry that supplements literary readings with the occasional use of exceedingly bloody archival war footage, the words more than hold their own against the pictures.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Making poetry cinematic requires greater imagination than King evinces...If the medium isn't always as sturdy as the message, that's a fault that can be readily overlooked.

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