altThursday, August 20, 6 pm, North Branch

The "Fighting 69th" is a First World War regiment of mostly New York-Irish soldiers. Amongst a cocky crew, perhaps the cockiest is Jerry Plunkett, a scrappy fellow who looks out only for himself. The officers and non-coms of the regiment do their best to instill discipline in Plunkett, and the chaplain, Father Duffy, tries to make Plunkett see the greater good, all to no avail. Behind the lines or in the trenches, Plunkett acts selfishly and cowardly, eventually costing the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. A final act of cowardice leads to terrible consequences, but Plunkett sees in them a chance to redeem himself...if only he can.  The Fighting 69th. (DVD 2007)

Run Time: 90 minutes

Rated: PG


altMonday, August 17, 6 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

In 1917, in Paris, the famous dancer Mata Hari has a double life as a German spy, obtaining secrets from French and Russian officers in bed. The chief of the French Secret Service Dubois is unsuccessfully in her tail trying to find proofs to incriminate Mata Hari. The Russian general Serge Shubin has a crush on Mata Hari, but when she meets the young Russian pilot lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff, she sleeps with him to photograph secret documents in his possession. But they fall in love for each other, and the jealousy of her lover Shubin provides the evidences to Dubois to arrest her.  Mata Hari. (DVD 2006)

Run Time: 89 minutes

Rated: Not Rated


altSunday, August 2, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality.  All Quiet on the Western Front. (DVD 2007)

Run Time: 136 minutes

Rated: Not Rated 


altMonday, July 20, 6 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch

Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky.  In Love and War (DVD 1999).

Run Time: 113 minutes

Rated: PG-13 (for graphic war injuries and some sensuality)



altSunday, July 12, 3 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot.  Sergeant York. (DVD 2006). 

Run Time: 34 minutes

Rated: Not Rated


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