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Over the Top and Into the Wire: WWI on Film 

When: Sat., Aug. 2, 8:15 p.m., Sun., Aug. 3, 5 p.m., Fri., Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Sun., Aug. 17, 5 p.m., Fri., Aug. 22, 7 p.m. and Wed., Aug. 27, 7 p.m. 2014
World War I was the first armed conflict to have its popularity and infamy reflected in the lens of a motion picture camera. “Over the Top and into the Wire,” a series of WWI films, offers a wide berth for cinematic interpretation well beyond Stanley Kubrick’s masterstroke in Paths of Glory. It begins in 1918, with Charlie Chaplin’s comedy Shoulder Arms and D.W. Griffith’s sensationalistic melodrama Hearts of the World. The centerpieces are two strange and little-known works: Gabriel Over the White House, a vision of a totalitarian America from Gregory La Cava, and Arsenal, a surreal construal of Ukraine’s struggle against the czars by Russian director Alexander Dovzhenko (guest curator and adjunct professor Russell Merritt will be on hand to offer insight). But the most powerful offerings are two Depression-era films in which the brutality and
— Silke Tudor

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