Films Commemorating Veterans Day
“War is the unfolding of miscalculations”
Barbara W. Tuchman, author, The Guns of August
On November 11, 1918, World War I ended. In subsequent years most of the Western world has remembered this day with ceremonies honoring the fallen and the wounded. In Canada and England it’s called Remembrance Day. In the U.S. it was originally called Armistice Day and later changed to Veterans Day. The war encompassed vast parts of the world. On one side was Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the vast Ottoman Empire (Central Powers). Opposing them were Great Britain, France, Russia, and later Italy and the United States (Allied Powers). The war lasted four years causing an estimated 9 million combatant deaths and 13 million civilian deaths. Both Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empires were broken up and with political wheeling and dealing by the victorious Allied Powers, new nations emerged.
Seven Superlative Films Depicting Events During World War I:
All Quiet on the Western Front
This Oscar-winning film was adapted from Erich Maria Remarque’s novel and many feel it makes a most persuasive anti-…
Paths of Glory
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this is a harrowing film depicting trench warfare during World War I. French General Georges Broulard orders his subordinate, General Mireau…
During the First World War, two French airmen, the aristocratic Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, are shot down ove…
They Shall Not Grow Old
Peter Jackson’s First World War documentary used original footage from the Imperial War Museum’s archives…
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence is a Lieutenant in the British Army during World War I. He’s irascible and often insolent to his superiors. Mr. Dryden, of the Arab Bureau, has an idea…
Samuel Sayer and his sister Rose are British Methodist missionaries in the village of Kungdu in German-controlled East Africa…
Archy and Frank are young, penniless Australians who decide to hop a freight train and join the Australian army. Australia is part of the British…
Coming Soon, Can’t Wait
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. Diana: A Musical
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. The Crown. Season 4, late 2020; Season 5, 2021.
PBS Passport: Educational Films for the Kids (and Adults too)
With a long stretch of holidays and vacations ahead, it’s a great time to see some outstanding educational documentaries that Ken Burns produced for PBS. All these can be streamed if you subscribe to PBS Passport ($100 contribution, tax deductible). Watch these:
Vietnam War * The War * The Roosevelts * The Civil War * The National Parks * The Address * The Dust Bowl * Prohibition * Mark Twain * Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.
For additional selections and details, check PBS.com.
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