Oh! Uomo

For over twenty years, Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi have assembled haunting films from footage that they painstakingly collect from archives, then slow and tint to underline or analyze its content. Oh! Uomo, the final part of their trilogy on the Great War, is perhaps the most graphic and disturbing of their films; it is also among the most powerful. In footage shot primarily by medical personnel in the years immediately following the war, we see destitute children, soldiers' bodies being reassembled, their faces reconstructed-the human body and psyche devastatingly altered by modern warfare. Richard Brody in The New Yorker labeled Oh! Uomo “nothing less than a horror documentary.” It is one that raises profound questions about the role of images in bearing witness to the brutality of war . . . then and now.

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