Cinema

  • September 13, 2014

    Image from the film All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    WWI: 100 Years Removed film series
    3 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    The first all-talking, non-musical film to win the Best Picture Academy Award®All Quiet on the Western Front centers on a group of idealistic German teens who are persuaded by a professor to volunteer for action on the Western Front of WWI in 1914. The film illustrates how the young men's lives change and how their patriotism dissolves through the true horrors of war. This film has been restored by the Library of Congress.

  • September 20, 2014

    An image from the film Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory
    WWI: 100 Years Removed film series
    3 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    Before he took aim at the absurdities of Cold War rhetoric in Dr. Strangelove, and the horrors of Vietnam in Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick directed Paths of Glory, one of cinema’s most impassioned antiwar films. Kirk Douglas is at his best as a colonel grappling with the dehumanization of combat and the foolish machinery of command in the armed forces.

  • October 9, 2014

    An image from the film Capitaine Conan

    Capitaine Conan
    WWI: 100 Years Removed film series
    7 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    French Infantry Captain Conan and his men are stationed on the Macedonian Front during World War I, living a brutal, wild, and heroic existence. After the signing of the Armistice, Conan’s squad is sent to Bucharest to wait—but idle time proves to be another enemy. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. In French and Romanian with English subtitles.

  • November 15, 2014

    An image from the film The Big Parade

    The Big Parade
    WWI: 100 Years Removed film series
    3 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    Directed by King Vidor, The Big Parade (1925) is the highest-grossing silent film of all time and the first realistic war drama, telling the harrowing story of a young man’s front-line experiences in World War I and his disillusionment in the face of war. John Gilbert plays perfectly the all-American boy who signs up for service, dreaming of adventure and glory. This much-imitated film remains a memorable, moving cinematic experience. Silent with a recorded score. 

  • November 22, 2014

    An image from the film Grand Illusion

    Grand Illusion
    WWI: 100 Years Removed film series
    3 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    The digital restoration of Jean Renoir’s masterpiece will be presented in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary. The setting is World War I and a POW camp, occupied by a French flyboy and an aristocratic staff observer after they’ve been shot down by an equally aristocratic German. Partly inspired by stories of the air ace who saved Renoir’s life in the war, the film is a celebration of brotherhood across class and frontiers. In French with English subtitles.

  • December 13, 2014

    An image from the film Joyeux Noel

    Joyeux Noel
    WWI: 100 Years Removed film series
    3 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    Inspired by true stories that took place on many fronts of World War I on Christmas Eve 1914, Joyeux Noël depicts a short, unauthorized truce through the eyes of French, Scottish, and German soldiers. For one night, enemies shared tidings instead of bullets or bayonets. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006. In French, German, and English with English subtitles.

  • February 12, 2015

    An image from the film A Very Long Engagement

    A Very Long Engagement
    4 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    The acclaimed film A Very Long Engagement (2004) is presented in conjunction with the IU commemoration of the Great War. The film depicts a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War I.

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an award-winning director and writer of several films, including Delicatessen (1991), The City of Lost Children (1995) and Amélie (2001)—which won the European Film Award for Best Director and was nominated for Academy Awards for screenwriting and direction.

  • March 4, 2015

    An image from the film Gallipoli

    Director Peter Weir Presents Gallipoli
    A Talk, Film Screening, and Q&A
    4 p.m.
    IU Cinema

    Oscar-nominated director Peter Weir will present his film Gallipoli (1981)—the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) winner for best direction—as part of the IU WWI commemorative events. The film tells the story of two Australian sprinters who face the hard realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

    Weir will talk about his WWI-inspired film before the screening. Audience members can participate in a question-and-answer session with Weir following the film.

    Weir has directed many critically and commercially successful films, which include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Witness (1985, nominated for the Best Director Oscar), Dead Poets Society (1989, winner of David di Donatello and BAFTA film awards), The Truman Show (1998, Best Non-European film, European Film Awards), Master and Commander (2003, nominated for Best Director and Best Picture Oscars), and The Way Back (2010).