The Salient is a film about one of the most contested spots of the Great War: the half circle north and east of the Flemish city of Ypres that protruded into enemy territory and became known as the Ypres Salient. Just a few miles across, more than a million people were killed or wounded in this small area during four years of bitter fighting. Over time the Salient came to symbolize every description heard in conjunction with the Great War: sacrifice, courage, honor and duty just as much as chaos, slaughter, calamity and utter senselessness.
The film is structured as a requiem , relying on music written for that purpose, mostly 19th century and by composers from both sides of the line. In stark contrast with the beauty of the music are the accounts of people who witnessed the Salient's horrors firsthand. The film thus pits the best of what Europe ever produced against its absolute worst. And so the film turns into a requiem not only for the fallen, but also for a city, an age and, quite possibly, for sanity itself.
Duration: 84 min. Narrated by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. DVD now available: GBP10.00 or EUR12.50 or USD15.00, S&H included worldwide. Paypal payment to email@example.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.