review by Hugh Bicheno on 15/08/2017
There has been only one fully accurate war movie ever made, and that was Brian Hurst's 'Theirs is the Glory.' No other comes close. It was shot amid the ruins of the actual battlefield a year after the event, when all the 'props' were still in common use, and the cast included dozens of those who had fought there. Hurst was a very experienced director with an artist's eye for lighting and composition, and was intent on authenticity. This book provides a fascinating account of the making of the movie, and of the life and other works of Hurst, making it a must for the library of any serious student of the cinema, as well as an example for military historians.