It’s not unusual for filmmakers as they age to grow interested in theater. Jean Renoir did it toward the end of his career. Ingmar Bergman’s last major film, Fanny and Alexander, takes place in a theatrical family.
Now 81-year-old Roman Polanski, who has made films about Satanic cults, murderous insanity, Nazi atrocities and other terrors, has directed and written Venus in Fur, based on the play by David Ives.
As we commemorate its 100th anniversary, it's worth noting that films about World War I are nothing like the movies about World War II. While World War II films typically picture the end of the war as triumph, World War I movies reflect that ghastly absurd logic, and tend to end on notes of waste, loss and futility.
Most WWI films are anti-war, and there’s no such thing as triumph.