Shoulder Arms

Russell Merritt's thirty-minute illustrated talk focuses on how the production and marketing of tonight's films, as well as tomorrow's Hearts of the World (D.W. Griffith), created the template for the ways movies sold the war.

Released just a few weeks before the Armistice, Shoulder Arms is a Tramp's-eye view of World War I in which the all-too-plausible comedy of self-preservation, like trying to sleep in a flooded trench, is conjoined with flights of patriotic fantasy.

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