The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy
August 4–September 21, 2014
Related Film Screenings
1958. USA. Written and directed by William Wellman . With Tab Hunter, Etcheika Choureau, William Wellman, Jr., Jody McCrea, Clint Eastwood. Wellman, in his final film, returns to his youth, narrating his personal adventures as a World War I flying ace (played by his son, William, Jr.). 93 min.
1928. USA. Directed by George Fitzmaurice. With Gary Cooper, Colleen Moore, Burr McIntosh. Cooper, by now a major star, plays a British aviator in a squadron based in France who falls in love with the farmer’s daughter. Silent, with musical accompaniment. 91 min.
Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)
2005. France. Directed by Christian Carion. With Benno Furmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Bruhl, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis, Alex Ferns. A moving re-creation of the Christmas truce on the 1914 battlefield in France, as German, British, and French soldiers fraternize and exchange gifts. In French, German, English; English subtitles. 116 min.
Shout at the Devil
1976. Great Britain. Directed by Peter R. Hunt. With Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Barbara Parkins, Ian Holm. A bit goofy, but fun, this film about a hare-brained British plot to blow up a German warship in east Africa at the beginning of the war is actually based on fact. 128 min.
Capitaine Conan (Captain Conan)
1996. France. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. With Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Catherine Rich, Bernard Le Coq, Claude Rich. The film, set in the aftermath of the war in the Balkans as the French battle the Bolsheviks across Macedonia and Romania, earned Tavernier (The Clockmaker, A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight, Coup de Torchon) the César award for Best Director. In French; English subtitles. 130 min.
2011. USA/Great Britain. Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Joey. Spielberg’s spectacular but moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s novel about a thoroughbred in France is one of his more passionate films, reminding us, among other things, that war, and particularly World War I, is also an unprecedented horror for non-human creatures. 146 min.
The latter three short films on the program (Peace, Death of a Shadow, and Tunnelrat) were made by filmmakers in Flanders, Belgium (where, amazingly, five major battles were fought), and commemorate the centenary in different ways.
1943. USA. Directed by Sammy Lee. This MGM film showing footage from the 1910 funeral of British King Edward VII features the major royal players in the forthcoming war, including Austrian Archduke Ferdinand, whose assassination started things in motion. 10 min.
2014. Belgium. Twelve one-minute animations made by 12 different filmmakers. 12 min.
Dood van ein Schaduw (Death of a Shadow)
2014. Belgium. Directed by Tom Van Avermaet. A haunting and experimental Oscar-nominated film. In Dutch, French; English subtitles. 20 min.
2014. Belgium. Directed by Raf Reyntjens. A portrait of the gruesomeness and grotesquerie of trench warfare. In English, German; English subtitles. 20 min.
Maudite Soit la Guerre
1913. Belgium. Directed by Alfred Machin. This short feature that anticipated the Great War is presented in a stunning tinted restoration by the Cinematheque Royale, Brussels. Approx. 50 min.
Program approx. 120 min.
Silent, with English intertitles and musical accompaniment
Lawrence of Arabia
1962. Great Britain. Directed by David Lean. Screenplay by Robert Bolt, based on T. E. Lawrence’s The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. With Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Claude Rains, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle. This multiple-Oscar-winning epic calls attention to the British use of Lawrence’s efforts to liberate Arab tribesmen in order to to undermine the Ottoman Empire and take it out of the war. 227 min.; 10-min. intermission. 227 min.
Two Arabian Knights
1927. USA. Directed by Lewis Milestone. Art direction by William Cameron Menzies. With William Boyd, Louis Wolheim, Mary Astor, Boris Karloff. Almost a clone of What Price Glory, the film depicts two Yanks who escape from a German prison camp disguised as Arabs and wind up in Jaffa, where Boyd (who would later become Hopalong Cassidy) romances the beautiful young princess (Mary Astor). Wolheim was later directed by Milestone in All Quiet on the Western Front. Silent, with musical track. 90 min.
Hearts of the World
1918. USA. D. W. Griffith. Approx. 140 min.
The Better ‘Ole
1926. USA. Charles Reisner. Approx. 95 min.
The False Faces
1919. USA. Irvin V. Willat. Approx. 80 min.
The Redl Story
1955. USA. William Berke. 28 min.
The Secret Agent
1936. Great Britain. Alfred Hitchcock. 86 min.
1918. USA. Albert Parker. Approx. 70 min.
The Mysterious Lady
1928. USA. Fred Niblo. 96 min.
1942. USA. Allan Dwan. 95 min.
1931. USA. Allan Dwan. 72 min.
1930. Great Britain. James Whale. This is an abridged version of the film, running approximately 65 min.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
1921. USA. Rex Ingram. Approx . 130 min.
1927. USA. Frank Borzage. 118 min.
Tell England (The Battle of Gallipoli)
1931. Great Britain. Anthony Asquith, Geoffrey Barkas. 88 min.
1930. Germany. G. W. Pabst. 93 min.
Niemandsland (No Man’s Land/ Hell On Earth)
1931. Germany. Victor Trivas. 66 min.
The Heart of Humanity
1919. USA. Allen Holubar. Approx. 100 min.
All Quiet on the Western Front
1930. USA. Lewis Milestone. 128 min.
The Road Back
1937. USA. James Whale. 105 min.
1928. USA. John Ford. 97 min.
1931. Germany. G. W. Pabst. 86 min.
The Lost Patrol
1934. USA. John Ford. 73 min.
1931. USA. John Ford. 89 min.
The Tramp at War
1918. USA. Charles Chaplin. 10 min.
The Great War
1956. USA. Henry Salomon. 52 min.
The Great Dictator (opening reels only)
1940. USA. Charles Chaplin. 16 min.
1918. USA. Charles Chaplin. 35 min.
The Silly Side of War
All films silent with musical accompaniment. Program approx. 113 min.
His Private Life
1926. USA. William Goodrich (Roscoe Arbuckle). Approx. 18 min.
Yankee Doodle in Berlin
1919. USA. Richard Jones. Approx. 55 min.
A Submarine Pirate
1915. USA. Charles Avery, Syd Chaplin. Approx. 40 min.
Broken Lullaby (The Man I Killed)
1932. USA. Ernst Lubitsch. 76 min.
The Little American
1917. USA. Cecil B. DeMille. Approx. 80 min.
The Patent Leather Kid
1927. USA. Alfred Santell. Approx. 130 min.
The Big Parade
1925. USA. King Vidor. Approx. 120 min.
What Price Glory
1926. USA. Raoul Walsh. Approx. 120 min.
What Price Glory
1952. USA. 111 min.
La Grande Illusion (Grand Illusion)
1937. France. Jean Renoir. 113 min.
Das Tagebuch des Dr. Hart (Dr. Hart’s Diary)
1917. Germany. Paul Leni. 70 min.
Verdun, Vision d’Histoire (Verdun, Vision of History)
1928. France. Leon Poirier. 128 min.
1928. Germany. Joe May. 78 min.
A Farewell to Arms
1932. USA. Frank Borzage. 89 min.
1992. New Zealand. Dale G. Bradley. 100 min.
1927. USA. Mauritz Stiller. 80 min.
1927. USA. Rowland V. Lee. 75 min.
Les Croix de Bois (Wooden Crosses)
1932. France. Raymond Bernard. 110 min.
1981. Australia. Peter Weir. 110 min.
Paths of Glory
1957. USA. Stanley Kubrick. 86 min.
The First World War
1934. USA. 78 min.
King and Country
1964. Great Britain. Joseph Losey. 90 min.
The Lost Squadron
1932. USA. George Archainbaud. 79 min.
1930. USA. Howard Hughes. 127 min.
1930. USA. Howard Hawks. 108 min.
1938. USA. Edmund Goulding. 103 min.
1927. USA. William A. Wellman. 139 min.
J’Accuse (I Accuse)
1938. France. Abel Gance. 124 min.
My Boy Jack
2007. Great Britain. Brian Kirk. 93 min.