World War I Film Series

Films for 2017

Paths of Glory (1957)

Friday, September 1, 6:30 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG-13-V; run time: 88 min.

This look back at the trench warfare of WWI stars Kirk Douglas (directed by Stanley Kubrick) in his acclaimed role as a commanding officer of French soldiers. Critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert once called Paths of Glory “one of the all-time great films.”

The Dawn Patrol (1938)

Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG; run time: 103 min.

Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, and David Niven star as members of the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps at a time when combat flight was in its infancy—and the life expectancy of a pilot was short. Rathbone actually served in WWI and reportedly wears his own decorations in the movie.

Gallipoli (1981)

Friday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG-13-S,V; run time: 110 min.

Two young track stars venture from Australia to join troops from New Zealand in a disastrous battle against the Ottoman Empire. Janet Maslin of the New York Times described the film’s focus on friendship and preparing for war as having “uncommon beauty, warmth, and immediacy.”

A Little Princess (1995)

Sunday, December 3, 2 p.m.

MPAA rating: G; run time: 97 min.

A girl, raised by her father in British colonial India until the outbreak of WWI, experiences change after her father is presumed dead, a casualty of combat. Critic Roger Ebert called the movie “a magical family film.”

Films for 2018

The African Queen (1951)

Friday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG; run time: 105 min.

After her brother is killed by German soldiers in an east African colony in 1914, a missionary sister works to convince the captain of a run-down steamboat to help seek revenge for the British. Actor Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar for this portrayal opposite Katharine Hepburn.

Sergeant York (1941)

Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG-V; run time: 134 min.

Alvin “Sergeant” York was a real-life Tennessee farmer from the mountains of Appalachia. A conscientious objector to fighting in the Great War, he was drafted into service and eventually became one of the country’s most decorated soldiers. Gary Cooper won an Oscar for his genuine portrayal of York.

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Friday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG-13-V; run time: 136 min.

This American-made film follows a group of idealistic German schoolboys who get caught up in the nationalistic fervor that helped lead to 1914’s European War. Oscar winner for best picture—and also nominated for best cinematography—this film is on the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest American Movies of All Time” list.

A Bear Named Winnie (2005)

Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG; run time: 90 min.

In 1914 a cavalry veterinarian en route to training camp for the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Michael Fassbender) befriends a wild bear, then takes her overseas as his unit’s mascot. Winnie’s true story served as inspiration for British writer A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books.