Cinema and the Great War
July 3-September 17

In 1913, cosmopolitanism thrived in Paris, Prague, Berlin and Vienna; Marcel Proust published "Swann's Way," Igor Stravinsky unveiled his modernist symphony "The Rite of Spring," Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque's Cubism experimented with new ways of seeing in France; and English vaudevillian Charlie Chaplin signed his first motion picture contract with Keystone in the U.S. Just one year later, Europe was at war with itself, a cataclysm that would claim some 17 million lives and radically remake national boundaries, inflame social tensions and have a lasting influence on world affairs.

2014 marks the centennial of the Great War's outbreak, an event whose legacy has been debated, misunderstood and problematically forgotten, soon relegated to mere "prequel" status to the even greater cataclysm that erupted some 25 years later with World War II. But today's political map–including many ongoing international conflicts – reflects the legacy of the first World War. Cinematic treatments of WWI are rich and varied, ranging from classic silent films, which were depicting very recent events, to more current films whose treatment of the period is imbued with historical metaphor reflecting the moment in which those films were made. This series features a selection of some of the best films to grapple with the Great War.

AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings.

GRAND ILLUSION [La grande illusion]

Jean Renoir's powerfully humanistic tale of WWI French POWs whose fellowship keeps them strong while they plot their way to freedom spoke volumes to French audiences in 1937, on the cusp of yet another world-historical cataclysm. Once feared lost in the years following WWII (ever-attuned to the inspirational power of cinema, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels declared the film "cinema enemy number one" and confiscated the film elements), GRAND ILLUSION famously returned to prominence and has continued to inspire audiences across the decades. Starring Jean Gabin as working-class Lt. Maréchal, Pierre Fresnay as aristocratic Capt. de Boeldieu and Erich von Stroheim as German prison commandant von Rauffenstein, a refined gentleman who prefers the company of enemy fellow aristocrat de Boeldieu to his common countrymen. With Dita Parlo, Marcel Dalio, Gaston Modot and Carette. Rialto Pictures' re-release print, made on the occasion of the film's recent 75th anniversary, is based on a 4K digitization made from the original nitrate camera negative, featuring upgraded sound and newly revised subtitles.

DIR/SCR Jean Renoir; SCR Charles Spaak; PROD Albert Pinkovitch, Frank Rollmer. France, 1937, b&w, 114 min, 35mm. In English, French, German and Russian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Restored in 4K by Studiocanal and the Cinémathèque de Toulouse at L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, Italy.


Thu, Jul 3, 7:00; Sat, Jul 5, 11:30 a.m.; Wed, Jul 9, 12 noon, 7:00


"I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!" Fate, in the form of WWI and an invading German army, throws Katharine Hepburn's starched and stiff-backed British missionary aboard seedy Canadian Humphrey Bogart's decrepit, titular riverboat. It is an odd-couple pairing, but in time their bickering gives way to respect and romance when the two unite against the invaders. John Huston's beloved jungle adventure earned four Oscar® nominations, with Bogart winning for Best Actor, beating out Marlon Brando in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and Montgomery Clift in A PLACE IN THE SUN.

DIR/SCR John Huston; SCR James Agee, from the novel by C. S. Forester; PROD Sam Spiegel, John Woolf. UK/US, 1951, color, 105 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Fri, Jul 4, 11:00 a.m.; Sun, Jul 6, 1:15; Mon, Jul 7, 7:00;
Tue, Jul 8, 2:20; Wed, Jul 9, 2:20; Thu, Jul 10, 2:20, 7:00


Visionary romanticist Frank Borzage (7TH HEAVEN, THE MORTAL STORM) directed the screen adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel, chronicling the love affair between a wounded volunteer ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and the nurse attending him (Helen Hayes).

DIR Frank Borzage; SCR/PROD Benjamin Glazer; SCR Oliver H. P. Garrett, from the novel by Ernest Hemingway; PROD Edward A. Blatt. US, 1932, b&w, 80 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Sun, Jul 6, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, Jul 8, 12 noon; Thu, Jul 10, 12 noon


One of Stanley Kubrick's finest films, an expert realization of WWI's battles in the trenches and a biting critique of the futility of the soldiers' efforts and the fecklessness of their officers. Ordered to storm a German stronghold that holds little strategic value, French colonel Kirk Douglas' troops take heavy losses and retreat under fire. With the top brass demanding blood – while covering up their own misdeeds and vainglorious motives – Douglas must defend his men's actions in military court.

DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson, from the novel by Humphrey Cobb; PROD Kirk Douglas, James B. Harris. US, 1957, b&w, 88 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Sat, Jul 12, 12 noon.; Sun, Jul 13, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, Jul 15, 12:30;
Wed, Jul 16, 7:00; Thu, Jul 17, 12:30

14-18: THE NOISE AND THE FURY [14-18, le bruit et la fureur]
FREE Screening!

Jean-François Delassus masterfully weaves together archival documentary footage from World War I with narrative selections from the likes of D. W. Griffith, Francesco Rosi, Charlie Chaplin and Richard Attenborough to illustrate the story of a French soldier/everyman, one of many "young idiots hungry for adventure," who enlists early on and experiences "four years of such intense agony." "A living history lesson of unusual vividness and emotional power." –Dennis Harvey, Variety. Official Selection, 2009 Telluride, Montreal Film Festivals; 2010 AFI European Union Film Showcase.

DIR Jean-François Delassus; SCR Isabelle Rabineau; PROD Fabrice Coat, Christine Doublet. France/Belgium, 2008, b&w/color, 103 min, digital presentation. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Admission is FREE!
Tickets will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sat, Jul 12, 3:15

LIFE AND NOTHING BUT [La vie et rien d'autre]

Major Philippe Noiret and his team take a break from identifying France's nameless 1920 WWI dead (50,000 down, 300,000 to go) to accommodate Sabine Azéma's demands to hunt for her husband's corpse and the government's need for a particular Unknown Soldier. An intimate drama set between segments of sweeping production design, it garnered multiple awards for Noiret's performance.

DIR/SCR Bertrand Tavernier; SCR Jean Cosmos; PROD Frédéric Bourboulon, Albert Prévost. France, 1989, color, 135 min, 35mm. RATED PG


Sun, Jul 13, 1:15

Presented with the support of the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France.


During WWI, hard-drinking veteran RFC flyers Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., resent their CO Neil Hamilton for sending new recruits out unprepared for the demands of air combat. With the German flying ace "The Baron" and his fighter squadron mowing down men at an alarming rate, desperate measures are called for. Howard Hawks' assured debut working with sound film features outstanding cinematography, including dazzling aerial footage, by pioneering lensman Ernest Haller. (Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

DIR/SCR Howard Hawks; SCR Seton I. Miller, Dan Totheroh, from the story "The Flight Commander" by John Monk Saunders; PROD Robert North. US, 1930, b&w, 108 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sat, Jul 19, 11:20 a.m.; Mon, Jul 21, 11:45 a.m.;
Wed, Jul 23, 11:45 a.m.

80th Anniversary!

Pinned down and outgunned in the Mesopotamian desert, and having lost their C.O. to an Arab sniper, it falls to Sgt. Victor McLaglen to lead his fellow British cavalrymen in their effort to hold out against superior forces and blazing heat until reinforcements arrive. John Ford's taut action film represents one of the very few film treatments of WWI's middle eastern front, fought in the lands of the Ottoman Empire, soon to be carved up into new countries by the victorious western powers. Boris Karloff has a memorable scene as an unhinged religious zealot, who courts death in crusader-like fashion.

DIR/PROD John Ford; SCR Dudley Nichols, from a story by Philip MacDonald. US, 1934, b&w, 73 min, 16mm. NOT RATED


Sun, Jul 20, 11:20 a.m.; Tue, Jul 22, 12:15; Thu, Jul 24, 12:15


James Whale's adaptation of fellow British WWI vet R. C. Sherriff's hit play delivers an authoritative, lived-in account of life in the trenches – long stretches of boredom and claustrophobia amid miserable conditions, punctuated by cataclysmic violence – with camaraderie as the best defense against soul-destroying fear. Colin Clive gives a stirring central performance as hard-bitten, alcoholic Captain Stanhope, along with David Manners, Ian Maclaren, Billy Bevan and Charles K. Gerrard.

DIR James Whale; SCR Gareth Gundrey, Joseph Moncure March, from the play by R. C. Sherriff; PROD George Pearson. US/UK, 1930, b&w, 120 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Fri, Jul 25, 11:30 a.m.; Mon, Jul 28, 7:00


Taking shelter during a London air raid, American soldier-on-leave Douglass Montgomery (as Kent Douglass) meets and falls in love with chorus girl Mae Clarke, unaware that she works as a prostitute to make ends meet. Director James Whale, himself a WWI vet and the visionary director of FRANKENSTEIN, imbues this pre-Code classic with both great sensitivity and matter-of-fact sensuality.

DIR James Whale; SCR Tom Reed; PROD Carl Laemmle, Jr. US, 1931, b&w, 81 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sat, Jul 26, 11:00 a.m.; Wed, Jul 30, 7:30


A group of German WWI veterans tries to adjust to life after the war. Adapted from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the screenplay is by the prolific Charles Kenyon (THE IRON HORSE, THE PETRIFIED FOREST) and JOURNEY'S END's R. C. Sherriff.

DIR James Whale; SCR Charles Kenyon, R. C. Sherriff, from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque; PROD Edmund Grainger. US, 1937, b&w, 97 min, 16mm. NOT RATED


Sun, Jul 27, 11:00 a.m.; Tue, Jul 29, 7:00

WWI silent films with live musical accompaniment

Live musical accompaniment by Michael Britt

Leathernecks Capt. Flagg (Victor McLaglen) and Sgt. Quirt (Edmund Lowe) go where the action is across the world, "from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli," culminating in their deployment in France in 1918 for the Great War. The pair's boozing, brawling and amorous exploits take center stage, with their occasional skirmishes and deployments to the front only briefly interrupting their own romantic rivalries and nonstop carousing. But the action in France is no laughing matter. A teenage Dolores del Rio is the French innkeeper's daughter both men woo in Raoul Walsh's tragicomic combat classic. Perhaps the most foul-mouthed silent film in history, as even a novice lip-reader can attest, with the two Marines' salty language amusingly paraphrased in the much more polite intertitles.

DIR Raoul Walsh; SCR James T. O'Donohoe, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, from the play by Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings; PROD William Fox. US, 1926, b&w, 116 min, 35mm. Silent. NOT RATED

Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Film Foundation.


Sun, Jul 27, 1:30–note new time!

Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson

It's Bruder vs. Bruder in John Ford's moving WWI melodrama. The loving matriarch of a Bavarian family (Margaret Mann) watches as her four boys grow up and go off to war – three in the Kaiser's army, but one (James Hall), having emigrated to America, enlisting in the Allied Expeditionary Force.

DIR/PROD John Ford; SCR Philip Klein, from the story "Grandmother Bernle Learns Her Letters" by I. A. R. Wylie. US, 1928, b&w, silent, 100 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sun, Aug 3, 2:00

Live musical accompaniment by Michael Britt

The famed French director Abel Gance (NAPOLEON) served time in WWI, but re-upped for a second tour specifically to document soldiers under fire, footage he incorporated into this anti-war melodrama. An arranged marriage between a young woman and a much older man separates her from her true love, a poet. The cataclysm of the Great War turns their love triangle topsy-turvy, with the young woman taken prisoner by the Germans, and the pacifist poet enlisting and rising through the ranks, eventually commanding his former romantic rival's unit.

DIR/SCR Abel Gance; PROD Charles Pathé. France, 1919, b&w, silent, 166 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Sat, Aug 9, 1:15

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin

Rex Ingram's epic, mystical WWI melodrama owed its huge success less to its battlefield recreations and more to the sultry tango danced in a smoky Buenos Aires cantina by star Rudolph Valentino, launching the little-known actor to international fame and clinching his image as the "Latin Lover." The spoiled scion of a wealthy international family, the art-loving Valentino only enlists in the French army after a mystical vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, prophesied in the Book of Revelation – Conquest, War, Famine and Death – convinces him to do his duty.

DIR Rex Ingram; SCR June Mathis, from the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez. US, 1921, b&w, silent, 132 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sun, Aug 17, 1:15

Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson

Presented with the National Gallery of Art; screening takes place at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The shock of the Great War is felt through the tender tale of a rich businessman's son (John Gilbert) who enlists, leaves for France and falls for a local girl (Renée Adorée), but loses his youthful American innocence in the trenches. A little-known fact about THE BIG PARADE is that artist Andrew Wyeth was fascinated with the film–he viewed it over and over. Many details from Wyeth's paintings (for example, "Winter" [1946], "Christina's World" [1948] and "The Patriot" [1964]) refer to this silent epic. The screening is in collaboration with the National Museum of American History.

DIR/PROD King Vidor; SCR Harry Behn, Laurence Stallings. US, 1925, b&w, silent, 140 min. NOT RATED

Sat, Aug 23, 2:00 (erroneously listed in printed copies of Preview as Aug 25)

Screening takes place at National Museum of American History. Click here for information and tickets via The National Gallery of Art.

Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson

Winner of the very first Best Picture Oscar®, WINGS' pioneering aerial photography and stuntwork set the template for all flyboy films to come, up to and very much including STAR WARS. Rival aviators Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen compete to be the best both in the sky and with the fairer sex. Featuring "It Girl" Clara Bow and a memorable cameo by then up-and-comer Gary Cooper. Directed by William "Wild Bill" Wellman, himself a WWI flying ace.

DIR William A. Wellman; SCR Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton, John Monk Saunders. US, 1927, b&w, silent, 144 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Mon, Sep 1, 5:00

Rare silent version!

Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson

A group of young friends in Germany, full of youthful passion and unquestioning patriotism, enlists in the Prussian Army at the outbreak of the Great War, but are soon shaken to their core by the horrors of trench warfare in this seminal screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel. Lew Ayres leads the fine cast. Oscar® wins for Best Picture and for Lewis Milestone's direction. Presenting the rare silent version of the film, using alternate takes and substituting intertitles for spoken dialogue, which was prepared for international distribution and to be shown in U.S. theaters slow to convert to sound.

DIR Lewis Milestone; SCR Del Andrews, George Abbott, Maxwell Anderson, from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque; PROD Carl Laemmle, Jr. US, 1930, b&w, silent, 132 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sat, Sep 6, 4:00


Raymond Bernard, best known for his 1934 three-part adaptation of Victor Hugo's LES MISéRABLES, made one of the definitive WWI movies in 1932 with this portrait of a regiment made up of men from all walks of life united by a fraternité born on the front. The film's striking realism and attention to detail were achieved by filming on location in the actual battlefields and trenches where the war took place barely a decade prior. Footage from the impressive battle sequences was re-used in numerous Hollywood films of the 1930s, including Howard Hawks' excellent but very different remake, THE ROAD TO GLORY.

DIR/SCR Raymond Bernard; SCR André Lang, from a novel by Roland Dorgelès; PROD Jules Kruger, René Ribault. France, 1932, b&w, 110 min, DCP. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Sat, Aug 2, 12:45


Former WWI flyers Richard Dix, Joel McCrea and Robert Armstrong find work after the war as stunt pilots in Hollywood. With Mary Astor and Erich von Stroheim, "The Man You Love to Hate," as a dictatorial German émigré director.

DIR George Archainbaud; SCR Dick Grace; PROD David O. Selznick. US, 1932, b&w, 79 min, 16mm. NOT RATED


Sat, Aug 9, 11:15 a.m.; Tue, Aug 12, 5:15


One of the most thrilling pre-Code melodramas, this film follows working-class hero Richard Barthelmess as he survives serious injury in WWI, overcomes a morphine addiction, faces unemployment, finds love (with Loretta Young) and a steady job and tries to stop a vicious strike mob...and that's just in the first half! (Note courtesy of Rochester Labor Film Series.)

DIR William A. Wellman; SCR Robert Lord, Wilson Mizner; PROD Hal B. Wallis. US, 1933, b&w, 76 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sun, Aug 10, 11:15 a.m.; Mon, Aug 11, 5:15; Wed, Aug 13, 5:15;
Thu, Aug 14, 5:15

FREE Screening!

This screening of the three-part BBC miniseries covers the weeks before World War I, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914, to the United Kingdom declaring war on Germany on August 4, 1914.

DIR Justin Hardy; SCR/PROD Mark Hayhurst; PROD Lucy Bassnett-McGuire; Susan Horth. UK, 2014, color, 155 min, Blu-ray. NOT RATED

Note: This is the theatrical cut, combining all three episodes into one feature-length film.

Admission is FREE!
Tickets will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sun, Aug 10, 4:00

JULES AND JIM [Jules et Jim]

This worldwide smash success catapulted 29-year-old François Truffaut from New Wave phenomenon to the front line of international directors. In the classic ménage à trois, best friends Henri Serre (the French "Jeem") and Oskar Werner (the Austrian "Jules") alternate in the affections of Jeanne Moreau before, during and after World War I. Moreau's own analysis of her greatest role: "She's not immoral; she's absolute."

DIR/SCR/PROD François Truffaut; SCR Jean Gruault, from the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché. France, 1962, b&w, 105 min, DCP. In English, French and German with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Fri, Aug 15, 5:15; Sat, Aug 16, 5:30; Thu, Aug 21, 7:20

THE GREAT WAR [La grande guerra]
55th Anniversary!

Desperate to avoid army service, gullible Vittorio Gassman pays a bribe to smooth-talking Alberto Sordi, whom he next meets after they both get drafted and sent to the front. Setting aside their little misunderstanding, the two become friends, united in their efforts to avoid duty as much as possible. But with the Austrian army approaching, the two slackers' mettle will be tested nonetheless. Comedy maestro Mario Monicelli's film won the Golden Lion in Venice.

DIR/SCR Mario Monicelli; SCR Luciano Vincenzoni, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli; PROD Dino De Laurentiis. Italy/France, 1959, b&w, 137 min, 35mm. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Sat, Aug 16, 11:00 a.m.; Mon, Aug 18, 7:00

MANY WARS AGO [Uomini contro]

After being ordered on a series of suicide missions to attack the superior Austrian forces on the Balkan front, Italian troops mutiny against their reckless and tyrannical officers. This Vietnam War-era war picture from political thriller master Francesco Rosi (HANDS OVER THE CITY, LUCKY LUCIANO) is a powerful and unflinching indictment of the brutality of war.

DIR/SCR/PROD Francesco Rosi; SCR Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria, from the novel "Un anno sull'altopiano" by Emilio Lussu; PROD Marina Cicogna, Luciano Perugia. Italy/Yugoslavia, 1970, color, 100 min, 35mm. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Sun, Aug 17, 11:00 a.m.; Wed, Aug 20, 7:20


Australian director Peter Weir (WITNESS, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, THE TRUMAN SHOW) and star Mel Gibson rose to international prominence with this chronicle of the hard-fought and controversial Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, where troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) suffered enormous casualties fighting alongside British, French and Irish forces against the Ottoman army. The anniversary of the troops landing on April 25, 1915, is now celebrated by Australia and New Zealand as ANZAC Day.

DIR/SCR Peter Weir; SCR David Williamson; PROD Patricia Lovell, Robert Stigwood. Australia, 1981, color, 110 min, 35mm. RATED PG


Sat, Aug 23, 11:05 a.m.; Wed, Aug 27, 4:45

Parts 1 and 2

FREE Screening!

At the outbreak of the First World War, three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of Britain. This two-part BBC miniseries looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war, arguing that it is far greater than historians have traditionally believed.

The first episode tells the story of the emerging divisions and rivalries between the interrelated royal houses of Europe and features the little-known story of the two Danish sisters, Princess Alexandra and Princess Dagmar, who had pulled off the dynastic coup of the 19th century by marrying the heirs to both the British and Russian thrones. Following the invasion of their native Denmark by Prussia in 1864 during the Wars of German Unification, the sisters became the core of an anti-Prussian coalition that prefigured the great anti-German alliance of 1914. Their sons, King George V and Tsar Nicholas II were close friends.

It also looks at the tangled relationship between the German Kaiser and his English mother, Vicky, the oldest daughter of Queen Victoria. Disabled from birth, Kaiser Wilhelm had a complex love/hate attitude towards Vicky, which transferred itself to Britain as a whole, strongly influencing his foreign policy. (Note courtesy of BBC.)

DIR/PROD Richard Sanders. UK, 2014, color, 120 min, Blu-ray. NOT RATED

Admission is FREE!
Tickets will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sun, Aug 24, 7:00

THE LONG WAY HOME [Eve Dönüs: Sarikamis 1915]

At the Battle of Sarikamis in 1915, some 90,000 Ottoman troops froze to death after an ill-advised offensive against the Russian army. Seven shattered survivors, soldier and civilian alike, find themselves huddled around a fire in an Armenian village. They are desperate to survive but unable to trust one another, whether because of class divisions, ethnicity or war-ravaged paranoia and devolve into further bloodshed and madness. Alphan Eseli's impressive debut film won a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Montreal Film Festival.

DIR/SCR/PROD Alphan Eseli; SCR Serdar Tantekin; PROD Oguz Peri. Turkey, 2013, color, 115 min, DCP. In Turkish with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Mon, Aug 25, 7:00; Thu, Aug 28, 7:00


John Guillermin's celebrated action picture features some of the most breathtaking aerial stuntwork ever filmed. Lowly German infantryman Bruno Stachel (George Peppard) moves up the ranks to lieutenant and becomes a decorated fighter pilot, but his crude ambition rankles the sensibilities of the various "vons" in the privileged officer class. His commanding officer, General Count von Klugermann (James Mason), tolerates Stachel's rough edges, even after he begins an affair with the General's wife (Ursula Andress), knowing the soldier's time in the sun will be short-lived, and that a hero's burial awaits him after the inevitable last mission.

DIR John Guillermin; SCR David Pursall, Jack Seddon, Gerald Hanley, from the novel by Jack D. Hunter; PROD Christian Ferry. UK, 1966, color, 156 min, DCP. NOT RATED


Fri, Aug 29, 11:00 a.m.; Sat, Aug 30, 1:00; Tue, Sep 2, 3:20;
Thu, Sep 4, 4:00

COMRADESHIP [Kameradshaft]

Even though the Great War is over, tensions run high in the towns along the French-German border – some of which began the war in one country and ended in another. But after a mining disaster on the French side traps some 600 French miners below ground, German miners volunteer to aid the French effort to rescue the men. Directed by silent-era great G. W. Pabst (PANDORA'S BOX, DIARY OF A LOST GIRL).

DIR G. W. Pabst; SCR Peter Martin Lampel, Karl Otten, Gerbert Rappaport, Ladislaus Vajda; PROD Seymour Nebenzal. Germany/France, 1931, b&w, 93 min, 35mm. In German and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED


Sat, Aug 30, 11:05 a.m.; Sun, Aug 31, 11:05 a.m.;
Wed, Sep 3, 5:00, 9:00


Four German soldiers spend the last months of WWI fighting on the French front in the first talkie by Austrian filmmaker G. W. Pabst. Taking full advantage of the new technology, Pabst created a frightening auditory soundscape of war to accompany the brutal battle sequences. He crafted a bleak documentary-like tone to accentuate the meaningless and repetitive monotony of war. "An unknown masterpiece...a World War I movie far superior to the same year's ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT." – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice.

DIR G. W. Pabst; SCR Ladislaus Vajda, based on the novel by Ernst Johannsen. Germany, 1930, b&w, 93 min, 35mm. NOT RATED


Sat, Sep 6, 11:00 a.m.; Sun, Sep 7, 11:00 a.m.


Screen adaptation of Pat Barker's Man Booker Prize-winning novel, chronicling the long road to recovery for Great War vets traumatized by their time at the front and the horrors of war. With Jonathan Pryce, Jonny Lee Miller, James Wilby and Julian Fellowes, plus a very young James McAvoy.

DIR Gillies MacKinnon; SCR/PROD Allan Scott, from the novel by Pat Barker; PROD Peter R. Simpson. UK/Canada, 1997, color, 114 min. RATED R


Fri, Sep 12, 5:00; Sat, Sep 13, 11:10 a.m.; Tue, Sep 16, 4:30;
Wed, Sep 17, 4:30

A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT [Un long dimanche de fiançailles]

After her soldier fiancé Clovis Cornillac goes missing in action under mysterious circumstances during the Battle of the Somme, determined Audrey Tautou undertakes a daring search for him herself, in visionary director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's epic WWI melodrama. With Marion Cotillard, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Jodie Foster.

DIR/SCR/PROD Jean-Pierre Jeunet; SCR Guillaume Laurant, from the novel by Sébastien Japrisot. US/France, 2004, color, 133 min, 35mm. In French with English subtitles. RATED R


Sat, Sep 13, 1:30


Christian Carion's Oscar®-nominated account of the Christmas truce in 1914, where German, French and British soldiers set aside their arms to celebrate a day of peace and brotherhood. With Diane Kruger, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Benno Fürmann and Ian Richardson.

DIR/SCR Christian Carion; PROD Christophe Rossignon. France/Germany/UK/Belgium/Romania/Norway, 2005, color, 116 min, 35mm. In English, French and German with English subtitles. RATED PG-13


Sun, Sep 14, 11:10 a.m.; Tue, Sep 16, 7:00