Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 - Sun, Nov 9, 2014
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Presented by the American Cinematheque, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles and the Getty Research Institute, with the support of Fonds Elysée and the Franco-German Cultural Fund.

Films and new media have tackled the image of war in a great variety of ways. The First World War marked the first time in history when motion pictures could document the fighting and become weapons of propaganda. But there also coalesced a new idea: Film as an instrument for peace. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of WWI, we focus on the often marginalized anti-war genre within a European-American dialogue.

Earlier this year, we presented three BBC Worldwide productions created to commemorate the WWI centennial, and now we look at the shadow the conflict cast on narrative film. Abel Gance’s stinging anti-war drama J’ACCUSE! began production shortly before the armistice, and incorporates actual battlefield footage into its story. Jean Renoir’s classic GRAND ILLUSION arrived on the eve of the next great war, its tale of French POWs an elegy to an aristocratic Europe soon to be blown to smithereens.

Series programmed by Fareed Majari and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Read more about these films on The Getty Iris.

Film historian Alexander Schwarz and Getty guest curator Philipp Blom will each introduce one of the programs.
Aero TheatreSat, Nov 8, 2014 - Sun, Nov 9, 2014
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Films in this Series at the Aero

95th Anniversary! Introduction by film historian Alexander Schwarz!
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Introduction by Getty guest curator Philipp Blom!
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre