The Christmas Truce 1914

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With Christmas around the corner here’s an interesting fact.

In 1914, on Christmas Day, there was unofficial cease fire which took place across the western front between British and German soldiers. They climbed out of their trenches and ventured out into No Man’s Land, where they greeted their enemies, setting aside their differences for a fleeting moment to celebrate the holiday together. They shared seasonal greetings, sang Christmas songs between the trenches and out in  “no man’s land” they exchanged food, souvenirs and cigarettes.

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The Trenches of Verdun, France in 1916

Our film takes place in Verdun, France and so we thought it would be nice to look into it’s history and see what it really looked like back in 1916.

 

The Battle of Verdun is considered the greatest and lengthiest in world history. Never before or since has there been such a lengthy battle, involving so many men, situated on such a tiny piece of land. The battle, which lasted from 21 February 1916 until 19 December 1916 caused over an estimated 700,000 casualties (dead, wounded and missing). The battlefield was not even a square ten kilometres. From a strategic point of view there can be no justification for these atrocious losses. The battle degenerated into a matter of prestige of two nations literally for the sake of fighting. (Except from Battle of Verdun Website)

 

Here is a look into the trenches of Verdun in 1916:

Verdun is still littered with so many bodies, arsenic and unexploded shells that nothing grows after 100 years.

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The Real Gordon Family

With ‘In Reverie’ being based on a true story, involving real people, we thought it would be great way to remember them by introducing them to you, so that everyone can put a real face to the names.

So here they are…

Stanislaw Gordon

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And his family…

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The Costume Design

Here is a look back to our wardrobe fittings for the cast of ‘In Reverie’.

We have a lot of fun to find the right outfits for each of these amazingly talented actors.

 

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