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Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen

Movies have always shaped our cultural memory of historical events, and World War I has been a rich subject for filmmakers. The National Air and Space Museum will explore Hollywood’s finest feature films on the subject in Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen, a year-long film series presented as part of the Museum’s observance of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War. We have selected the most visually striking and engaging dramas on World War I, and will screen a different film each month at our location in Washington, DC, as well as the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I, setting America on a course to become a major player on the world stage. It was a turning point in our nation’s history that still influences world events a century later. This film series will explore how World War I, and its far-reaching effects, have been represented and interpreted on the big screen. 

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
June 16, 2017 | 7:00pm

The Eagle and the Hawk

One of the best World War I dramas of the 1930s, this film focuses on the psychological aspects of wartime aerial combat.  Free tickets required. 

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Museum in Washington, DC Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
June 16, 2017 | 7:00pm

The Eagle and the Hawk

One of the best World War I dramas of the 1930s, this film focuses on the psychological aspects of wartime aerial combat.  Free tickets required. 

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
July 14, 2017 | 7:00pm

Paths of Glory

With powerful performances paired with battle scenes of gritty realism, this film shows the fight was not always with the enemy. Free tickets are required. 

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Paths of Glory

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Paths of Glory
Museum in Washington, DC Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
July 14, 2017 | 7:00pm

Paths of Glory

With powerful performances paired with battle scenes of gritty realism, this film shows the fight was not always with the enemy. Free tickets are required. 

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
August 11, 2017 | 7:00pm

The Millionaires’ Unit: U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War

The only documentary in the series, this film tells the little known but inspiring story of a small group of volunteers who created America’s first naval aviation reserve unit. 

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Museum in Washington, DC Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
August 11, 2017 | 7:00pm

The Millionaires’ Unit: U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War

The only documentary in the series, this film tells the little known but inspiring story of a small group of volunteers who created America’s first naval aviation reserve unit. 

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
September 15, 2017 | 7:00pm

Gallipoli

This film tells the story of the Australian Gallipoli Campaign against the Ottoman Empire (modern Turkey) in World War I. 

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Museum in Washington, DC Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
September 15, 2017 | 7:00pm

Gallipoli

This film tells the story of the Australian Gallipoli Campaign against the Ottoman Empire (modern Turkey) in World War I. 

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
October 20, 2017 | 7:00pm

The Blue Max

Filmed before the days of computer-generated action scenes, the real flying sequences in this movie are among the best ever put on film. 

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Museum in Washington, DC Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen
October 20, 2017 | 7:00pm

The Blue Max

Filmed before the days of computer-generated action scenes, the real flying sequences in this movie are among the best ever put on film. 

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