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




Latest deals and offers

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa