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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

AUSTRALIA VOTES: Rolling coverage

 Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten drinks a coffee as he lines up before casting at West Moonee Ponds Primary School, Moonee Ponds in Melbourne, Saturday, July, 2, 2016.

Key bellwether seat favours the Coalition

FEDERAL ELECTION: Counting underway for the seat of Hinkler

ELECTION: There are seven candidates running in Hinkler and nine in Flynn.

Where you can vote and who's running in Hinkler and Flynn

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Bundaberg farmers owed millions by Melbourne produce agents

TAKING A STAND: Bunbaberg sweet potato growers want to be paid. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail

Bundaberg farmers owed millions from Melbourne produce agents

Latest deals and offers

Fatal crash Welcome Creek

FATAL CRASH: Emergency services at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover at Gooburrum Rd.Photo Craig Warhurst / NewsMail

QAS Senior operations supervisor Martin Kelly describes the scene of the fatal...

Keith Pitt Voting in Bundaberg

BUSY DAY: Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt at the Walkervale School Polling station in Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

A short video of Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt at the Walkervale School...

PCYC Performing for Nanning Delegates

GARDEN PERFORMANCE: Nanning delegates talk to PCYC Blazers coordinator Trevor Standfast at the Botanical Gardens Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

A short video of the PCYC Blazers performing their Lion Dancing for the Nanning...

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward