We salute Veterans Day with this sweeping saga about U.S. doughboys signing up and shipping off to France in 1917, where they face experiences that will change their lives forever—if they return. MGM blockbuster directed by King Vidor; one of the biggest box office triumphs of the silent era.
This film is showing as part of our Silents, Please! series, the Somerville Theatre’s series of vintage silent classics shown on the big screen with live music. All films in the series will be shown using 35mm prints, with most on loan from the U.S. Library of Congress.
Supplying music will be silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis, who specializes in creating live scores for silent film screenings at venues around New England and beyond.
In the tradition of theatre organists of the 1920s, Rapsis improvises each film’s score on the spot, making up the music as the movie is screened.