• The Steel Helmet

    1951. USA. Samuel Fuller. 84 min.

Introduction and Q&A with Lisa Dombrowski

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 8:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Steel Helmet

    1951. USA. Written and directed by Samuel Fuller. With Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards. A crass, rough-and-tumble American tech sergeant fighting in the Korean War bands up with a South Korean boy and a rag-tag team of soldiers to survive after his entire platoon has been wiped out. The first American film to depict the Korean War—and Fuller's breakthrough picture—The Steel Helmet is a raw look at the gritty realities of war. Fuller, whose experiences as a tabloid writer and war veteran informed his directorial work, crafted an ambitious B-movie that offers an alternative depiction of war, one devoid of patriotism, valor, and justification. Lisa Dombrowski, associate professor of film studies at Wesleyan University and author of The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I'll Kill You!, the first comprehensive study of the director, will introduce and conduct a Q&A for the March 19 screening. Preserved with funds from Celeste Bartos. 84 min.

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