We commemorate Veterans Day today, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War One. Today’s film is based on the German novel by Erich Maria Remarque, which tells the story of Paul Bäumer (played by Lew Ayres), who enlisted in the German army with dreams of heroism but was disillusioned by the reality and futility of war. It was released as an early sound-talkie that won Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Direction, but today’s print is a rare silent-version created for theaters not yet wired-for-sound. Directed by Lewis Milestone. 133 Minutes
With Live Piano Accompaniment by Bernie Anderson. Hosted & Curated by Ken Gordon. Image courtesy of NBCUniversal.
Children under the age of six will not be admitted to these shows.
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