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World War I Film Series

Please join the Harry Ransom Center, Austin Film Society, and Paramount Theatre for screenings of World War I films in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918.



Harry Ransom Center

APRIL 2014


HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 2:30.

Saturday, April 5, 3 P.M.
J'Accuse (1919)
At once a denunciation of the Great War and a monument to those who fought in it, Abel Gance's 1919 epic J'accuse explores the cataclysmic changes brought about by this conflict—from the age-old traditions of life before the war, to the unifying patriotism experienced at its outbreak, and finally to the immeasurable scope of its destruction. Combing a fictional narrative with authentic footage from the front, Gance's silent masterpiece remains as troubling today as it did almost 100 years ago. Introduced by University of Texas Assistant Professor Herve Picherit. Runtime 166 minutes. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence, the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Department of French and Italian, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 12, 3 P.M.
Trois soldats allemands (2001)
Directed in 2001 by François Caillat, Trois soldats allemands is a documentary that explores the identity of the Lorraine region through the destiny of both civilians and soldiers living in Sarrebourg at the time of the three Franco-German wars. Starting from Le Haut-G'hor estate where the corpse of a German soldier was exhumed in 1951, Trois soldats allemands traces the link between characters who were tied to the house and whose lives were torn between France and Germany. Introduced by University of Texas Assistant Instructor of French, Clemence Ozel. Runtime 75 minutes. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence, the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Department of French and Italian, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 19, 3 P.M.
La France (2007)
Winner of the Prix Jean Vigo in 2007, Serge Bozon's La France is a film about the search for a new homeland. Camille, dressed as a 17-year- old boy, sets off with a group of vagabond soldiers in her journey to find her husband at the front. A visually stunning example of the recent French pop-art cinema, Bozon highlights the materiality of the film by setting live recorded pop songs amidst the backdrop of the Great War. In this film, Bozon reinvents "the last classical American genre," using Bertohld Brecht's performance device of distancing effect to alienate the spectator and to generate a critically engaged viewer who cannot remain passive in front of the big screen. Introduced by University of Texas graduate student Meredith Lehman. Runtime 102 minutes. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence, the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Department of French and Italian, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.



Paramount Theatre

MAY 2014


THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
713 Congress Avenue

Tickets required and may be purchased online, by phone 512-474-1221, or at the box office.

Monday, May 5 at the Stateside
Grand Illusion (1937)   114 minutes   7 P.M.
Two French aviators are shot down in German territory and placed in a POW camp in this French masterpiece about class and prejudice during wartime, directed by and starring a pair of Jeans (Renoir and Gabin, respectively).



Harry Ransom Center

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30.

Thursday, May 8, 7 P.M.
Shoulder Arms (1918)   45 minutes
Charlie Chaplin directs and stars in the story of a soldier who dreams of being a hero.

Thursday, May 15, 7 P.M.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)   136 minutes
Lewis Milestone directs the film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's landmark World War I novel.

Thursday, May 22, 7 P.M.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)   80 minutes
Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in the film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel.

Thursday, May 29, 7 P.M.
Sergeant York (1941)   134 minutes
Starring Gary Cooper, the true story of one of World War I's most decorated soldiers, Alvin York. Directed by Howard Hawks.



Austin Film Society

JUNE 2014


AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY at the MARCHESA
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd

Tickets required and may be purchased online or at the box office.

Thursday, June 5, 7:30 P.M.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)   164 minutes
Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (called Colonel Blimp behind his back) has fought for Britain in the Boer War, World War I, and now World War II, but ideas about the proper conduct of war have dramatically changed during his career. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Thursday, June 12, 7:30 P.M.
Paths of Glory (1957)   87 minutes
In Stanley Kubrick's relentlessly anti-war film, American officers are determined to make examples of their rebellious soldiers finally refusing to sacrifice themselves in senseless attacks.

Thursday, June 19, 7:30 P.M.
Jules and Jim (1962)   105 minutes
A pre-war romance and friendship between two men and a woman gets turned upside down by World War I and its aftermath. Directed by Francois Truffaut.

Thursday, June 26, 7:30 P.M.
J'accuse (1919)   165 minutes
Initially eager to fight the German army, two men soon discover the horrors, destruction, and loss brought by war and forge a close friendship, despite their earlier jealousies back home in France. Directed by Abel Gance.



Paramount Theatre

JULY 2014


THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
713 Congress Avenue

Tickets required and may be purchased online, by phone 512- 474-1221, or at the box office.

Thursday July 10, 2014 at the Paramount
The African Queen (1951)   105 minutes   7 P.M.
Humphrey Bogart is once again conflicted about getting involved in a world war, this time in East Africa during WWI. It's up to Katharine Hepburn's determined missionary to convince Bogie to sail the titular riverboat into the fray in one of legendary director John Huston's best films.
Gallipoli (1981)   110 minutes   9 P.M.
Two young Australian sprinters join the army and find themselves embroiled in the bloody and ultimately tragic Gallipoli Campaign, which robbed the soldiers, and the country, of their innocence. An early highpoint in the careers of director Peter Weir and star Mel Gibson.

Friday July 11, 2014 at the Stateside
The Big Parade (1925)   140 minutes   7 P.M.
King Vidor's poignant and humanizing silent film follows the spoiled, lazy son of a wealthy family as he joins the army during WWI and proceeds to make a few friends and fall in love amidst the hardships of war. In other words, he finally grows up.

Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Paramount
Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm (1962)   216 minutes   7 P.M.
Peter O'Toole portrays historical figure T.E. Lawrence, who struggled with deeply felt, often opposing allegiances to both his homeland of Great Britain and the Arabian tribes who befriend him during WWI. O'Toole wrote himself into the history books with one of the most riveting performances ever to grace the screen.

Sunday July 13, 2014 at the Paramount
Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm (1962)   216 minutes   2 P.M.
Lawrence of Arabia in 70mm (1962)   216 minutes   7 P.M.


MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Austin Film Society members and Paramount's Film Fans receive a complimentary set of WWI exhibition postcards at the free screenings at the Harry Ransom Center. Show your membership card at the Ransom Center’s visitor desk to receive your postcards.

At Austin Film Society screenings in this series, the ticket price is discounted to $5 for Ransom Center members. Paramount screenings in this series will be a discounted $7 ticket for Ransom Center members. Discounted tickets must be purchased on-site at the box offices; the discount is not available online.

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