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On The War Front

On the war front

   

Production still from Westfront 1918

Westfront 1918 1930 Ages 15+
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 97 MINUTES, GERMANY, GERMAN (LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: GEORG WILHELM PABST / SCRIPT: LADISLAUS VAJDA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: FRITZ ARNO WAGNER, CHARLES MÉTAIN / EDITOR: WOLFGANG LOE-BAGIER / PRODUCTION CO: NERO-FILM / PRINT SOURCE: GOETHE-INSTITUT / RIGHTS: PRAESENS FILM

The life of four soldiers fighting the last months of the First World War on the western front. Often compared to All Quiet on the Western Front, Westfront 1918 is even starker, a mole’s eye view of war from the trenches. Banned by the Nazis, it later greatly impressed the Italian Neo-Realists.

Wed 12 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A

Production still from The Doomed Battalion

The Doomed Battalion 1932 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 80 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: CYRIL GARDNER, KARL HARTL, LUIS TRENKER / SCRIPT: KARL HARTL, PATRICK KEARNEY, PAUL PEREZ, LUIS TRENKER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SEPP ALLGEIER, ALBERT BENITZ, CHARLES J STUMAR, GIOVANNI VITROTTI / EDITOR: CLARENCE KOLSTER / PRODUCTION CO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES 

Ski warfare, set in the Austrian Alps. As much an adventure film as a war movie, The Doomed Battalion became famous for scenes of its protagonists swooping down the dizzying heights on skis. We see the Hollywood cut of the joint Universal-German Tonfilm production.

Thu 13 Nov 12 noon / Cinema A

Production still from Five Graves To Cairo

Five Graves To Cairo 1943 PG
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 96 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / GERMAN / DIRECTOR: BILLY WILDER / SCRIPT: CHARLES BRACKETT, BILLY WILDER / ORIGINAL STORY: LAJOS BIRÓ / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOHN F SEITZ / EDITOR: DOANE HARRISON / PRODUCTION CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE: HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS / RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL

Billy Wilder’s bravura World War Two film refashioned from a 1920s Hungarian play, dominated by Erich Von Stroheim as Hitler’s tank commander Rommel. The eerie opening sets the tone: a tank manned by the dead rumbles aimlessly through the desert. Inside the abandoned Imperial Hotel the sole survivor talks to imaginary people.

Thu 13 Nov 2.00pm / Cinema A