In cooperation with National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs and cinema expert Eli Paul, the Kansas City Public Library screens a film series dedicated to The War to End All Wars. Every installment is the screen adaptation of a literary work. War Reels takes place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. throughout July 2009 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
This film series complements a new Central Library exhibit called The Winds and Words of War, which features original WWI-era posters by artists such as Charles Dana Gibson and Norman Rockwell. The exhibit is on display from July 5 through August 30.
The film line-up includes:
Paths of Glory (1957) on July 6. A crazed general orders a suicide assault against a German outpost. The failure is blamed on the cowardice of the French soldiers. To make an example, three soldiers are put on trial for their lives. Starring Kirk Douglas. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb. Not Rated. (87 min.)
Sailor of the King  (1953) on July 13. A British naval officer is captured by a German ship fleeing from a squadron of British cruisers. While anchored for repairs, the naval officer escapes and attempts to waylay the Germans until reinforcements arrive. Based on a C.S. Forester novel. Not Rated. (83 min.)
Today We Live  (1933) on July 20. Joan Crawford is at the center of an intricate love triangle involving a British naval officer and an American pilot (Gary Cooper). Howard Hawks directs with a screenplay based on the William Faulkner short story “Turn About.” Not Rated. (113 min.)
Johnny Got His Gun  (1971) on July 27. This haunting film tells the story of a wounded G.I. and his struggles to communicate with the outside world despite his injuries. Based on the novel by Dalton Trumbo, who directed this film adaptation. Rated PG. (111 min.)