The Battle of Little Sayler's Creek
Top Customer Reviews
There is no typical voice-over guiding you through -- the re-enactors themselves tell the story. As a result, you get both the Northern and Southern points of view as to the reasons the war was fought.
Cameras follow both camps over three days and nights. You come to understand the romantic appeal and the connection to their ancestors that 1865 Virginia has to these "Living Historians".
The film builds to the climactic battle scene. This is a play war; no one is killed and the blood isn't flowing, but oddly, the horror is implied at every turn.
The filmmakers conspire with the re-enactors to re-create the war as theater while blurring the line between fact and fiction with the use of the real Brady photographs from the period.
I also found the music to be hypnotic and captivating (and original, I believe).
Very satisfying and informative film. I enjoyed it.
Timothy G. Fredrikson
1st Sergeant, 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd like to see a lot less talking and a more battle action scenes.
Also, it seemed like there was a southern bias to the narrative.
The "documentary" had good information overall with good narrative however, one female speaker made the false claim that "even Lincoln owned slaves". Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Lantz