News

Movies and novels commemorate the First World War

FIRST WORLD WAR: A scene from the film Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif. Photo: Columbia Pictures
FIRST WORLD WAR: A scene from the film Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif. Photo: Columbia Pictures Columbia Pictures

TO MARK this week's centennial commemorations of the start of the First World War the NewsMail takes a look at some of the most memorable films and novels set during the Great War.

For many of us, watching these films and reading these novels offer us the briefest of glimpses into what it must have been like for those brave young men and women.

Paths of Glory 1957

Adapted from a 1935 novel by Herbert Cobb, the plot revolves around a French general (George Macready) who orders his men on a suicide mission and when they refuse, orders them to be executed.

Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) is the voice of reason and attempts to defend these men.

This is arguably one of Stanley Kubrick's best films.

Lawrence of Arabia 1962

David Lean's epic film- with a running time of 216 minutes - about the controversial British military figure Thomas Edward Lawrence (played with endless charm by Peter O'Toole) won seven Oscars and made a star out of O'Toole.

The film opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of 46, then flashbacks to describe his adventures as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916.

Other notable films include The African Queen, War Horse, Gallipoli and Wings.

Novels

Birdsong 1993

Published to critical acclaim in 1993, Sebastian Faulks novel is a sweeping historical saga with an intense romanticism that permeates the entire story.

Stephen Wraysford, an Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 and has an affair with an unhappy married woman named Isabelle Azaire.

As war erupts the relationship ends but young Stephen carries it with him into the trenches and beyond.

While the romance holds the multi-generational story together, Faulks' detailed description of war makes the reader acutely aware of every bullet and drop of blood.

A Farewell to Arms 1929

In 1918 writer Ernest Hemingway went to war and from his experiences came this unforgettable best-selling novel.

The semi-autobiographical tale is about Frederic Henry who, after failing to be accepted by the American army, joins the war as a volunteer ambulance driver for the Italians.

Other notable novels include All Quiet on the Western Front, A Long Long Way.

Topics:  first world war movies novels



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

'He's my house deposit': bulk bill IVF welcomed in Bundy

'I WORKED THREE JOBS': Krystal Templeton with her son Marty.

"This,” Krystal says holding a smiling Marty, " is my house deposit”

Bundy dad to be behind bars for Christmas

Man's matter adjourned until February

Local Partners

Rob's off to start a fresh new chapter

AFTER more than three decades delivering fruit and vegies to loyal customers across Bundaberg, Robert Ward is packing up his ute and retiring.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

What's on: Saturday, December 3

Not sure what to do today? We've got you covered

Head to the sugar museum for a sweet taste of history

Cutting the ribbon to officially open the revamped Sugar Museum at Fairymead House is Mayor Jack Dempsey and Fairymead House Team Leader Hayley Vale.

Learn about the industry that made Bundy what it is

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!