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War and the Silver Screen

Doug Sadler presents film series at Chesapeake College, Academy Art Museum

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012


EASTON - A spring film series "War and the Silver Screen - Myth and Reality" will be presented in the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College and the Academy Art Museum.

The series is made possible by a generous grant from M&T Bank and co-sponsored by The Academy Art Museum, Chesapeake College and the Chesapeake Film Festival. Filmmaker Doug Sadler, who co-founded the Chesapeake Film Festival, will be the series host and will lead the film discussions.

Film provides a unique prism through which to examine shifting cultural attitudes toward war. This series will examine cultural crosscurrents, filmmaking technique and the thematic patterns underpinning classic war films.

Students will be encouraged to unearth deeper meanings and see the importance of the cultural moment from which films emerge.

"As a force of history and a dramatic test of the human spirit, war has always been an irresistible topic for great filmmakers. In this series we will look at four essential, classic films on WWI, WWII and Vietnam and explore shifting concepts of heroism, glory, truth and meaning in conflict. Opinions and points of view welcome," Sadler said of the series. In the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, analysis and discussion will be guided by viewings of extended clips from a classic war film focused on a particular conflict. Additional clips from relevant films may also be presented to illuminate relevant points. Discussion will focus on films, filmmaking and shifting cultural attitudes on the nature of heroism, patriotism, bravery, corruption and meaning in war.

Screenings in full of select films will be held at the Academy Art Museum. Sadler will introduce each film and discuss its’ cultural, historical context. He will also lead post-screening discussion on issues similar to those raised in Cadby series will be encouraged.

World War I – Glory and Truth

Cadby Theatre - Wednesday, March 7th at 11:30 am. Free
Clips and Discussion: Paths of Glory (1957). Additional clips from films such as Sergeant York (1941) and All Quiet On the Western Front (1930).

Academy Art Museum – Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 pm
*Full Screening and Discussion: Paths of Glory (1957).

World War II – Nature of Heroism

Academy Art Museum – Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm
*Full Screening and Discussion: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).

Cadby Theatre - Thursday, March 22 at 11:30 am. Free
Clips and Discussion: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). Additional clips from films such as Patton (1970) and The Sands of Iowa Jima (1949).

World War II – Mission and Return

Cadby Theatre – Wednesday, April 4 at 11:30 am. Free
Clips and Discussion: Das Boot (1980). Additional clips from films such as Guns of Navarone (1961) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).

Academy Art Museum – Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30 pm
*Full Screening and Discussion: Das Boot (1980)

Vietnam –Loss of Meaning

Academy Art Museum – Wednesday, April 18t at 6:30 pm
*Full Screening and Discussion: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Cadby Theatre – Thursday, April 19t at 11:30 am. Free
Clips and Discussion : Full Metal Jacket (1987) with additional clips from Coming Home (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979) among others.


Paths of Glory (1957) – Stanley Kubrick
Critically acclaimed, selected for the National Film Registry.
A masterful, unsentimental, classic anti-war film about World War I starring Kirk Douglas. It was 28 year-old Stanley Kubrick’s fourth feature-length film, an effective, powerful drama on the hypocrisy of battle. Its WWI warfare scenes, with technically-brilliant tracking shots in the trenches, remain some of the most realistic ever filmed.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – David Lean
Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture
David Lean's acclaimed, all-time great, award-winning, widescreen WWII epic drama about British P.O.W.s forced to construct a railway bridge in the Asian jungle of Burma. The powerful film was a perceptive character study based on an outstanding, psychologically complex adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s 1952 novel.

Das Boot (1981) – Wolfgang Petersen
Nominated for six Oscars, one of the highest grossing foreign language films ever released in the US.
It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Stanley Kubrick
"Harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric… a film of immense and very rare imagination". – Vincent Canby New York Times
Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Gustav Hasford's The Short Timers follows the exploits of a recruited young Marine Corps soldier known as Private / Sergeant James T. "Joker" Davis (Matthew Modine) - first with his realistic South Carolina boot-camp training experience on Parris Island (under unrelenting, foul-mouthed drill instructor Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman) and then his work as a photojournalist for a military magazine and his combat soldiering in the 1968 Tet offensive - with his helmet labeled "Born to Kill".

For information about the free presentations in the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, please email or call 410.827.5825.

The featured films will be shown in their entirety at the Academy Art Museum. Admission is $10 for members, $12 for non-members and free to Chesapeake College students who show the college i.d. Patrons may purchase admission to the whole series for $35. Order tickets at or www.


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