Introducing: The Oscar-nominated film 1917 & World War I

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 4:42 PM

On Friday, Jan. 17, The Tull Family Theater’s opening day of the film 1917, Dr. Connie Ruzich, a professor at Robert Morris University and author about World War I, will present a brief introduction at the 8:15 p.m. show.

Her work focuses on “lost voices” of WWI and includes Behind Their Lines, a weekly blog endorsed by the United States World War I Centenary Commission. Her research has shared the writing of ordinary soldiers, pacifists, grieving mothers and other noncombatants who were caught up in the first modern “total war.”

She plans to discuss:
· How this film is set at a pivotal moment in history. The First World War began in August 1914 and was to have been over by Christmas. Three years later, the war had drained the energy and morale of nearly all who fought.
· How the First World War is largely remembered from the trench warfare of the Western Front, a nearly static line of opposing defensive positions from which soldiers launched attacks across No Man’s Land on enemy lines. Men in the trenches lived with the dead; they ate near them, slept with them, endured their stench, and gazed across No Man’s Land at a landscape littered with decaying bodies.
· How new technologies transformed military strategy and resulted in carnage that is nearly unimaginable even today, with barbed wire, poison gas, tanks, airplanes and machine guns.

The film itself has created a buzz, with 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Join us for this brief and insightful talk!

The film screens on Friday and Saturday at 12:00 p.m., 2:45, 5:30 and 8:15. For other days and showtimes, visit