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Global War: World War I in Film Series

  • World War I Centary at F&M

Submitted by Jennifer Redmann, associate professor of German and chair of German and Russian Studies

In honor of the centenary of the First World War, the College Houses present:

Global War: World War I in Film
Five films, five countries, five College Houses
A post-screening discussion will take place after each film. Please consider incorporating one or more of these films into your courses - and spread the word in the Lancaster community!


Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 PM, Bonchek College House

The End of St. Petersburg (1927), Dir: Vsevolod Pudovkin, 77 min.

A Russian peasant moves to St. Petersburg and engages in union work during the period of the Russian Revolution.

Silent film with English intertitles

Post-film discussion leader: Nina Bond (Russian)


Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 PM, Brooks College House

Westfront 1918 (1930), Dir: G.W. Pabst, 93 min.

Four Germany infantrymen struggle with life in the trenches of France in the waning days of the First World War.

In German with English subtitles

Post-film discussion leader: Jennifer Redmann (German)

  • the end stpetersburg poster
  • "The End of St. Petersburg" 1927 Russian movie poster.


Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM, Ware College House

La Grande Illusion (1937), Dir: Jean Renoir, 114 min.

Two French soldiers attempt a seemingly impossible escape from a German POW prison during the First World War.

In French with English subtitles

Post-film discussion leader: Carrie Landfried (French)


Thursday, November 13, 7:00 PM, New College House

Sergeant York (1941), Dir: Howard Hawks, 134 min.

A pacifist sharpshooter from Tennessee is drafted into the American army fighting in the First World War and becomes an unlikely war hero.

Post-film discussion leader: Joe Clark (American Studies)


Thursday, December 4, 7:00 PM, Weis College House

Gallipoli (1981), Dir: Peter Weir, 110 min.

A group of young Australian men sign up to fight in the First World War and are sent to Gallipoli, where they face the Turkish army.

Post-film discussion leader: Chris Bischof (History)