Andrew Kelly Nick Smith

Andrew Kelly

Lewis Milestone: from All Quiet on the Western Front to A Walk in the Sun

Bristol 2014/
Tue 25 November 2014


Andrew Kelly

Lewis Milestone: from All Quiet on the Western Front to A Walk in the Sun

Andrew Kelly Nick Smith
Tue 25 November 2014,


Lewis Milestone made the greatest film about the First World War, All Quiet on the Western Front, and the greatest film about World War Two, A Walk in the Sun. One is a pacifist classic; the other a celebration of the American infantry in the Salerno landings. Milestone is one of Hollywood’s finest if perhaps least known directors (he also made many other films about the Second World War including Edge of Darkness, The North Star, Our Russian Front and The Purple Heart). Andrew Kelly, author of books on Milestone’s work as well as books on how cinema has covered the First World War, will look at how Lewis Milestone – and the wider Hollywood community – approached both world wars.

This event is in the University of Bristol Autumn Art Lecture Series 2014: The Artist at War. Art and war have always gone together: as propaganda, reflection, memorialisation, opposition. Some of the greatest works of art have come out of war. This series looks at artists – writers, filmmakers, painters, musicians – who were involved in both world wars, examines what they created, and shows how their attitudes towards war influenced their work.

It is part of Bristol 2014, a partnership programme commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War and its impact upon the city, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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