Film Programs
Special Events: Summer 2014
Ciné-Concert: The Big Parade

August 23 at 2:00
Warner Brothers Theater
National Museum of American History

Andrew Simpson in performance

The shock of the Great War is felt through the tender tale of a rich businessman’s son (John Gilbert) who enlists, leaves for France, falls for a local girl (Renée Adorée), but loses his youthful American innocence in the trenches. A little-known fact about The Big Parade is that artist Andrew Wyeth was fascinated with the film — he viewed it over and over. Many details from Wyeth’s paintings (for example, Winter [1946], Christina’s World [1948], and The Patriot [1964]) refer to this silent epic. The screening is in collaboration with the National Museum of American History. (King Vidor with George W. Hill, 1925, silent with live music, 140 minutes)

courtesy Photofest

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