Underground Films: The Big Parade (1925) 8mm/Sound | Berkeley
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The Tannery | 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Berkeley Underground Films at the Tannery
The Big Parade (1925) 8mm/Sound
The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the front-line.
The film was groundbreaking for not glorifying the war or its human costs, exemplified by the lead character’s loss of a leg from battle wounds. It heavily influenced all subsequent war films, especially All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).