When the Chapman Branch opened in May of 1918, World War I still raged in Europe. April of that year marked a turning point that eventually led to the Armistice, ending that great and terrible war. As part of a month-long commemoration of that “cruelest month,” the branch will host a Friday night film series covering movies set during World War I. Before each screening Professor Sam Dunn of the University of Utah Film and Media Arts Department will offer an introduction and historical background for the films.
Fri, Apr 6, 7pm · Verdun: Looking at History (1928)
Verdun is a silent French docudrama directed by Léon Poirier. It portrays the 1916 Battle of Verdun through archival footage, recreations, and dramatic scenes featuring actual World War I veterans as themselves.
Fri, Apr 13, 7pm · All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Based on the classic novel by German veteran Erich Maria Remarque, the film follows a group of young soldiers through their enlistment and throughout the War, highlighting the tragedy of it all through the eyes of individuals.
Fri, Apr 20, 7pm · A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes bring Ernest Hemingway's semi-autobiographical novel to life in this film about the romance between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse during World War I.
Fri, Apr 27, 7pm · The King of Hearts (1967)
This comedic anti-war film focuses on Scottish soldier Charles Plumpick, sent to a French town on a mission to disarm a bomb. Plumpick discovers that the area is deserted except for the inmates of the local asylum, who playfully take over the town and pronounce the soldier their king.
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
— From The Waste Land (1922) by T.S. Eliot
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