The Big Parade
+ intro by author Michael Hammond
King Vidor’s silent classic is a powerful, funny, romantic anti-war film not to be missed.
Dir King Vidor
With John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Karl Dane, Hobart Bosworth
With live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand
One of the biggest Hollywood hits of the silent era, King Vidor’s The Big Parade wraps every WWI trope – the unlikely hero, the French girl, the comradeship, the horrors of battle – into a tidy narrative. But these were not yet clichés in 1925 and it’s easy to see why this powerful, funny, romantic anti-war film, scripted by Laurence Stallings and Harry Behn, became a model against which all WWI dramas would be measured.
Michael Hammond’s book The Great War in Hollywood Memory, 1918-1939 is published by SUNY Press.