Directed by Peter Weir, starring Mel Gibson

September 15, 2017 | 7:00pm
Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

Gallipoli, 1981

Gallipoli tells the story of the Australian Gallipoli Campaign against the Ottoman Empire (modern Turkey) in World War I.  One of the few Hollywood movies to illustrate that World War I took place not only on the Western Front in France, Gallipoli tells the story of this pivotal battle through the experience of two young Australian men who travel halfway around the globe to fight for their country.  Gallipoli powerfully depicts the nature of WWI trench warfare and the sacrifice so many made in this important battle.

Before the screening, join us from 6:00 to 7:00 pm to view WWI thank you letters from Belgian children during the war. At 6:30 pm in the Artist Soldiers exhibition for a presentation the letters: The Commission for Relief in Belgium (C.R.B.), also known as “Belgian Relief” or “Belgian Aid,” was a predominantly American effort that arranged for the supply of food to German-occupied Belgium during the First World War.  Alexander Heingartner, the U.S. Consul in Liege, Belgium, in 1915, and our speaker Nancy Heingartner’s great-grandfather, received thank-you letters from Belgian schoolgirls for the C.R.B. provisions.  Nancy discuss the history and personal story of those beautiful hand-written letters.

Free tickets to the Gallipoli screening at the Museum in Washington, DC, can be requested using the form below.

This film will also be shown at the same time at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Reserve tickets to the Gallipoli screening at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

About the Film Series

Movies have always shaped our cultural memory of historical events, and World War I has been a rich subject for filmmakers. Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen, a year-long film series, presents the most visually striking and engaging dramas set during the First World War ever made. Once a month, join us as we screen Hollywood’s finest feature films on World War I and explore how the war and its far-reaching effects have been represented and interpreted on the big screen.

This film series is part of the National Air and Space Museum’s observance of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War. 

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