The library goes to World War I

This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The library will look at "the war to end war," as H.G. Wells dubbed it, through historical documents, films, and television productions.

100 Years of World War I on Film
Monday night movie series focuses on films dealing with the "Great War." July 28-Aug. 25. 256-532-5975.

As part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, we are showing five films released over the past century with the war as the setting and backdrop.

July 28: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Fierce anti-war statement tracing a group of eager, young, idealistic German boys into war and the subsequent disillusion each of them experiences when facing the harsh reality of survival. Starring Lew Ayers.

August 4: Paths of Glory (1957) Early film from Stanley Kubrick dealing with a group of French soldiers who refuse to fight in a suicidal attack and the attempt by their commanding officer to defend them in the ensuing tribunal. Starring Kirk Douglas.

August 11: Gallipoli (1981) Account of young men from rural Australia enlisting in the army and sent to fight in an attack on the peninsula of Gallipoli located in eastern Turkey and the resulting loss of innocence. Starring Mel Gibson.

August 18: Joyeux Noel (2005) French film about the World War I Christmas truce of 1914 when German, French and Scottish troops dropped their weapons and fraternized and celebrated the holiday together.

August 25: Beneath Hill 60 (2010) True account of Australian miner Oliver Woodward enlisted to lead a platoon tunneling and detonating high explosives beneath a German bunker in Belgium in 1916.

All films will be shown in the Second Floor Events Room at the Main Library at 6 p.m.


BBC Goes to War
Bailey Cove Branch Library, Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
From Downton Abbey to Mr. Selfridge the BBC is marking the centenary of the start of World War I. Tonight we will watch and discuss how many of the diverse productions have dealt with the war that transformed Europe.


World War I – A Centennial Look Back
Aug 20 • 6:30 - 9pm
Downtown Huntsville Library
The program focuses on the start of World War I in 1914. 256-532-5969.