Wednesday, July 27

Showtime: 7:30 PM

Chautauqua Auditorium

$12.00 ($6.00 Concert Member & children under 12)

The first of the great WWI films, “The Big Parade” also proved to be a huge hit — making King Vidor a major director and John Gilbert one of the biggest stars of the era.

Adapted by from the play by Joseph Farnham and the autobiographical novel “Plumes” by Laurence Stallings, the film is about an idle rich boy who joins the US Army’s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes a friend of two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare and finds love with a French girl.

The film was groundbreaking for not glorifying the war or ignoring its human costs, exemplified by the lead character’s loss of a leg from battle wounds. It heavily influenced all subsequent war films, especially “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930).

Running time: 150 minutes