2018-2019 History and Film Series


The Great War and Screen Memory: Remembering WWI through Film

Marking the hundreth-year anniversary of the end of the First World War, this series explores the popular understanding and memory of the First World War as these evolved from the 1919 to the present through the medium of film. 

Sergeant York (1941)

dir. Howard Hawks

Black and White
2h 14mins
Shepherd Union, Wildcat Theater
Tuesday, January 15, 6pm (new date)

Drafted from his rural Tennessee town,  Alvin York, a devout Christian and conscientious objector, reluctantly puts his marksmanship to the service of his country and becomes one of the most decorated Americans of the war.

Paths of Glory (1957)

dir. Stanley Kubrick

Black and White
1h 28mins

Shepherd Union, Wildcat Theater
Thursday, February 7, 2019 6pm

Military tribunals sentence deserting French soldiers to execution during the 1917 waves of mutinies that spread across the French line. 

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)

dir. Dalton Trumbo

Color, Black and White
1h 51mins

Shepherd Union, Wildcat Theater
Thursday, March 14, 2019 6pm

Rendered deaf, blind, and paralyzed by his war injuries, a young American soldier retreats to his inner life before discovering a means to communicate with the outside world. Based on blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's 1939 novel, Johnny Got His Gun forcefully repudiates the glorification of war.

Gallipoli (1981)

dir. Peter Weir

1h 50 mins

Shepherd Union, Wildcat Theater
Thursday, April 4, 2019 6pm

Two competitive sprinters from remote Western Australia are drafted into Britiain's colonial forces to serve as message runners during the ill-fated campaign against Ottoman troops in the Dardanelles. Led by inept aristocratic officers, ANZAC troops are meaninglessly slaughtered by Turkish machine-gunners in a battle that would mark the awakening of Australian national consciousness.

For questions, contact Brady Brower at mbrower@weber.edu.