Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm.
WWI and Its Legacy in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Organized in conjunction with The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, these classic films take us through the trenches of the Great War and provide insight into how this conflict, unprecedented in scale, reshaped the 20th century.
Grand Illusion (1937)
Set in a WWI prisoner-of-war camp, director Jean Renoir uses this story of French officers plotting their escape to comment on class relationships and Europe’s changing social order. Directed by Jean Renoir. Starring Marcel Dalio, Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Erich von Stroheim. 114 min. (French with English subtitles.)
David Denby has been a staff writer and film critic at The New Yorker since 1998. Before joining the magazine, Mr. Denby was the film critic for New York magazine for twenty years and in 1991 he received a National Magazine Award. Kati Marton is an award-winning journalist and human rights advocate. She is the author of eight books, including Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America and Paris: A Love Story.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024