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Many Wars Ago and War Requiem

December 4, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Remembering WWI’s Bloodiest Battles”

Many Wars Ago (Uomini contro) (Italy/Yugoslavia, 1970), directed by Francesco Rosi

On the Italian-Austrian front in 1916, Italian General Leone wants his men to storm the heights of Asiago at all costs, although Austrian machine guns massacre one wave after the other. When Leone doesn’t get the cooperation he wants, he turns machine guns on his own men, leading to a bloody and futile mutiny. Never officially released in America, director Francesco Rosi’s anti-war film covers themes similar to Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, but focuses more on the carnage experienced by ordinary foot soldiers.

SCR: Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria, Francesco Rosi. CAST: Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny, Gian-Marie Volenté

35mm, color, in Italian with English subtitles, 100 min.

Followed by:

War Requiem (1989), directed by Derek Jarman

A World War I veteran in an old soldier’s home reminisces about his time in the “Great War,” moving in his mind’s eye between the past and present. Structured as a series of flashbacks, this experimental work by director Derek Jarman features no spoken dialogue, rather it illustrates a recording of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” (Op. 66), its libretto partially composed of poems by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who was killed in battle in the last week of the war.

SCR: Derek Jarman. CAST: Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton, Laurence Olivier

35mm, color, 90 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 4, 2016
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States