Free WWI Film Screening
Paths of Glory (1957)
In commemoration of the centennial of the Great War, A.K. Smiley Public Library continues its free film series with a screening of the 1957 classic Paths of Glory on Saturday, November 18 at 1pm in the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St.
Based on an anti-war novel by Humphrey Cobb, Paths of Glory follows the unjust court martial of a group of French soldiers for following the orders of an ambitious General. Widely considered to be Stanley Kubrick’s best film, the film was censored for several years after its release due to its anti-military perspective. Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou.
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Past Film Screenings
Lawrence of Arabia
In commemoration of the centennial of the Great War, A.K. Smiley Public Library continues its film series with a screening of the classic film Lawrence of Arabia on Saturday, September 16 at 1pm in the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St.
Starring Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the film depicts experiences on the Arabian Peninsula during World War I. Lauded as among the best films of all time, it won seven Academy Awards in 1963, including an Oscar for Best Picture of 1962. Whether you are a film buff or have an interest in history, you won’t want to miss this special screening!
Oh! What a Lovely War
A.K. Smiley Public Library’s free movie series “World War I in Film” continues on Library Days, Saturday, June 17 with a screening of Oh! What a Lovely War at 1pm in the Contemporary Club. Featuring cameos by legendary actors, such as Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith, this dark musical explores the circumstances leading to WWI and the consequences of the war on a British family. The film’s anti-war message is conveyed through parodies of WWI-era songs, including the American classic “Over There.” Oh! What a Lovely War received five BAFTA awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Laurence Olivier. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this underappreciated gem of the silver screen!
All Quiet on the Western Front
Based on a 1929 anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the film follows idealistic German recruits in World War I as they experience tragedy and trauma that leads to their disillusionment in the war. The film received Academy Awards for Best Director Lewis Milestone and Outstanding Production, the equivalent of today’s Best Picture. Since its release on April 21, 1930, the film has gained widespread acclaim, including from the American Film Institute, which ranked it amongst the best films of the twentieth century. Whether you are a film buff or have an interest in history, you won’t want to miss this special screening!