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WWI Film Discussion
August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Register online or call 724.941.9430 #1. Limited to 30 participants. Advance registration is required.
Discussion of two World War I films Dawn Patrol (1930) and Sergeant York (1941) will be facilitated by Scholar David R. Shumway, Carnegie Mellon University faculty member, and Director of the Humanities Center at the University. Film Director Howard Hawks made two very different films about WWI. The Dawn Patrol (1930) is typical of Hawks’ work and focuses on a group of men who are distinguished by their professionalism and courage but also by their cynicism. In this respect it is typical of the way the war was treated in film for several decades. That being said, the realism of its aerial photography was unprecedented. Sergeant York (1941) is atypical of both Hawks and film treatments of WWI. Unlike The Dawn Patrol, Sergeant York was a project Hawks was hired to direct, rather than one he initiated, and it expresses the patriotic fervor of WWI rather than ambivalence of most previous WWI films.
Participants registered for the film discussion can visit the Reference Desk with their WAGGIN library card to borrow a copy of each film for a two-day loan period.
OR participants can attend one of several screenings for each film that will be offered in the Reading Room on the 2nd floor:
Monday, July 31 from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. – Dawn Patrol
Tuesday, August 1 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. – Sergeant York
Monday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. – Dawn Patrol
Monday, August 14 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. – Sergeant York
Wednesday, August 16 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. – Dawn Patrol
Thursday, August 17 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. – Sergeant York
Sunday, August 20 – Film Discussion at 7:00 p.m.
See a complete list of upcoming WWI program events:
WWI Panel Discussion on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.
WWI Book/Film Discussion on Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.
United States Entry into WWI on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.
For questions about these programs, please call the Reference Desk at 724.941.9430 #2.