Politics via Film: The First World War


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


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.