King Vidor's spectacular yet intimate silent movie masterpiece.
Wealthy James Apperson (John Gilbert) deploys as a soldier in World War I France and grows from a naive kid into a battle-hardened veteran as he and his two buddies are paraded toward the front. The film fiercely captures the heroism of the ordinary foot soldier struggling to survive, and how James' determination to return to the village girl (Renée Adorée) he loves faces the ultimate test. Other great war epics would follow, but "The Big Parade," a bracingly human and brutally vivid box-office hit, set the bar first and set it high.
The film will be introduced by historian and Director of the Arlington Historical Museum, Dr. Mark Benbow.
Presented in partnership with Arlington County's World War I Commemoration Task Force.