Mike at the Movies: Global Perspectives on WWI
On Saturday, October 18, at 2:00 pm I will be giving a special World War I-themed film talk at the Wilmette Public Library to coincide with their series of programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI. Below is a synopsis of the presentation I wrote for the library’s website:
In commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the first World War, film scholar Michael Smith will examine cinematic depictions of the “Great War” from a variety of perspectives. Film clips will include portrayals of the conflict as seen by Hollywood in the silent (The Big Parade) as well as the sound era (Lawrence of Arabia), not to mention responses from France (Grand Illusion), Russia (The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty) and Germany (where the reaction was more “coded” through the bleak movement known as Expressionism).
Anyone interested in attending can find more information in the Wilmette Public Library’s “Off the Shelf” newsletter:
Hope to see you there!