Film + TV

The Big Parade (1925)

When: Sat., Nov. 15, 3 p.m. 2014

The highest-grossing silent film of all time, The Big Parade was the first realistic war drama, telling the harrowing story of a young man’s front-line experiences in WWI and his disillusionment in the face of war. John Gilbert plays perfectly the all-American-boy who signs up for service, dreaming of adventure and glory. Once enlisted, the horrors of war shock the audience as suddenly and abruptly as they did the young soldiers in 1918. Though the film has been imitated many times over, The Big Parade remains a memorable and moving cinematic experience. Silent with recorded score.

Price: Free, but ticketed

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