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Film screening – The Big Parade (1925)
October 25, 2018 @ 6:30 PMFREE
The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925, 2h 31m)
October 25, 6:30pm
Carnegie Museum Community Room, Houghton
“The blockbuster World War I silent film that brought home the traumatic impact of war . . . The Big Parade is among the first to explore the psychological trauma of war.” – Smithsonianmag.com
If there had been Academy Awards in the 1920s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s The Big Parade would have swept the prizes. Jim (John Gilbert), son of a wealthy businessman, is swept up in the nation’s patriotic fervor and his fiancée’s suggestion that he’ll ‘look gorgeous in an officer’s uniform.’ He joins the Army and becomes best friends with two working class stiffs, Slim and Bull. The trio endure training camp together in a small French village where they meet Melisande (Renée Adorée), a farmer’s daughter. Jim and Melisande fall in love just before he and his buddies are sent to the front. Summary adapted from Smithsonianmag.com
This classic silent film will be shown in the Carnegie Museum’s Community Room, on the ground floor, with live music accompaniment. Doors open at 6:00.