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The Road Back and Johnny Got His Gun

December 9, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


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

The Road Back (1937), directed by James Whale

Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s eponymous novel, a group of German infantrymen experience the Armistice and return home, where they find the growing shadow of authoritarian rule. Director James Whale, who experienced World War I first hand in the trenches of the British Army, saw his uncompromising pacifist film watered down after the Nazi Consulate in Los Angeles complained. This restoration by Universal Studios includes for the first time many scenes that the company had eliminated in the 1939 release version.

SCR: Charles Kenyon, R.C. Sheriff. CAST: John King, Richard Cromwell, Slim Summerville

35mm, b/w, 97 min.

Followed by:

Johnny Got His Gun (1971), directed by Dalton Trumbo

A young American soldier is hit by an incoming mortar shell on the last day of World War I and wakes up in a hospital, a quadruple amputee, who has also lost his eyes, mouth and ears. He struggles to communicate with the world outside his imagination, finally learning to tap messages in Morse code with his head. Based on Trumbo’s best-selling novel, this was his first and last directorial effort after being blacklisted, winning two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.

SCR: Dalton Trumbo. CAST: Timothy Bottoms, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards

Blu-ray, b/w & color, 111 min.

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


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 9, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States