Screened in conjunction with The Road Back: Veterans and Literary Writing Symposium on veterans’ “road back,” focusing on the use of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as a means of healing from the trauma of war, and presented by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, Veterans History Project, and Exhibits Office, the Mary Pickford Theater presents:
THE ROAD BACK (Universal, 1937). Directed by James Whale. Screenplay by Charles Kenyon and R.C. Sherriff, based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. With John King, Richard Cromwell, Slim Summerville, and Andy Devine. (100 min, black and white, 35mm).
“The Road Back,” based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, is considered the sequel to “All Quiet on the Western Front.” The film follows a group of German soldiers returning from the trenches of the First World War as they try to reintegrate into civilian life. This screening will present Whale’s original production, recently restored by the Library of Congress in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive, Universal Studios, and The Film Foundation. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Library of Congress. Screening rights provided by New York University, executor of the Erich Maria Remarque Estate.
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