Politics via Film: The First World War

Wednesday

1:10 PM ‚Äď 2:50 PM

9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1

Using the medium of film to examine World War I  we discuss films such as Paths of Glory, The Promise, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, A Very Long Engagement, Wilson and Haber.   All of these films provide insight into this war and its terrible consequences.

Paul Gettler 
Syllabus: The Politics of Film: The First World War

  • Overview and Introduction
  • The War in the Desert and the War in the Straits
  • The Red Baron and the War in the Air
  • The Experience of Combat on the Western Front
  • Wilson and American Intervention
  • Russia:¬† War, Revolution, and Defeat
  • Poison Gas, the Easter Uprising, Mata Hari
  • Pandemics, Genocide, and Peace

Facilitator:

Paul Gettler earned degrees from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center.  His interests focus on how film can be used to teach history and politics. He has taught in a number of continuing and adult education programs.