Films about the Age of First World War

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • First World War (1914–18)
  • Russian Civil War (1917–22)
  • Irish War of Independence and Civil War (1919–23)

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Director(s): Herzog, Werner
Year of Publication: 2015
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At the beginning of World War I, Allied nations turned to British-born Gertrude Bell to help organize the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire. Queen of the Desert offers a sweeping account of her life, her travels throughout the Middle East, and...

Director(s): Louhimies, Aku
Year of Publication: 2016
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This televised miniseries explores the emergence of Irish nationalism during World War I. Friendships and relationships disintegrate as war disrupts society. In 1916 Irish rebels lead an insurrection, known as Easter Rising, the most successful...

Director(s): Morrison, George
Year of Publication: 1961
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This documentary presents the effects of the Irish War for Independence and the Irish Civil War on society. Filmmaker George Morrison asks whether independence lead to freedom due to the divisiveness of the civil war. Salvaged and restored...

Director(s): Ó Mórdha, Séan
Year of Publication: 2002
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This documentary explores seven decades of the Irish Republic from its founding to the 1980s. Interviews with politicians, citizens, and scholars of Ireland and archival records and newsreels offer a contextualized and analytical perspective of...

Director(s): Anderson, Michael
Year of Publication: 1959
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During the Irish War of Independence, an Irish-American medical student finds himself caught between the Irish Republican Army and the Black and Tans. He must battle both sides to end the conflict.

Director(s): Iliou, Maria
Year of Publication: 2013
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This documentary reveals a largely forgotten past by recounting the Great Fire of Smyrna, which destroyed the ancient Greek city in 1922 during the Greco-Turkish War. Shortly after World War I, the Greek government set up a military state in...

Director(s): Poirier, Léon
Year of Publication: 1937
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Designed to inspire patriotism before World War II, this film explores the real-life story of two French women's contributions during the Great War. Louise de Bettignies and Léonie Vanhout carry vital intelligence to the British troops behind...

Director(s): Robert, Jean-Denis
Year of Publication: 1996
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Based on the novel Le Boucher des Hurlus by Jean Amila, this film reveals the bitterness, tension, and disunity within France during and after World War I. An orphaned child seeks revenge for the dissolution of his family after a...

Director(s): Pabst, Georg Wilhelm
Year of Publication: 1937
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This femme-fatale spy thriller explored 1930 tensions in Europe by taking a look back at World War I. A young French doctor falls in love with a German spy while attending to the wounded in Greece. She then works on his behalf by pursuing a...

Director(s): Eisenstein, Sergei M.
Year of Publication: 1925
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An installment of Sergei Eisenstein's revolutionary trilogy, Strike is loosely based on a group of Russian workers who asserted collective ownership of their factory and town when they protested working conditions in 1903. The company's...

Director(s): Kent, James
Year of Publication: 2015
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Based on the memoir of the same name by Vera Brittain, this film offers an anti-war message based on the horrors and loss of World War I. Vera, an upper middle class British woman, joins the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse after her brother...

Director(s): Huston, John
Year of Publication: 1951
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In this classic Hollywood film, a British missionary and an American boat captain travel the Ulanga River to escape the onset of World War II. After Germans destroy her mission, Sister Rose leaves a remote village in German East Africa (Rwanda)....

Director(s): Stelli, Jean
Year of Publication: 1942
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This Vichy-era film celebrates maternalism, traditional values, and a homogenous French identity. After Louise loses her husband and her newborn child during World War I, she dedicates her life to caring for other children and following her...

Director(s): Askoldov, Aleksandr
Year of Publication: 1988
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In this drama set during the Russian Civil War, Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life. She...

Director(s): Akin, Fatih
Year of Publication: 2014
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Mardin, 1915: One night the Turkish Gendarmerie drive together all the Armenian men. The young blacksmith Nazaret Manoogian is separated from his family. While he manages to survive the horrors of genocide, it's not until years later he receives...

Director(s): Keane, Mike
Year of Publication: 2003
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This documentary traces the lives of the "Forgotten Ten" during the Irish War of Independence. The British government killed ten IRA prisoners at the Mountjoy Prison and buried them there between 1920 and 1921. After eighty years of protest and...

Director(s): Chukhray, Grigoriy
Year of Publication: 1956
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Enemies find love in the midst of the Russian Civil War. In 1919, Maria, a sniper for the Red Army, misses her 41st target, Lt. Vadim Govorukha-Otrok of the White Army. Vadim is carrying important information from a White Army general, and Maria...

Director(s): Anderson, Wes
Year of Publication: 2014
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The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. [IMDb]

Director(s): Monicelli, Mario
Year of Publication: 1959
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This acclaimed Italian film mixes the comedy of an odd couple and the horrors of war. Two young men lacking in idealism and heroism become fast friends, finding humor in military order and humanity in their fellow soldiers and military officers....

Director(s): Schechter, Steven
Year of Publication: 1985
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This highly acclaimed documentary explores the American homefront during World War II. Informed by historical scholarship, popular culture, and archival sources, including newsreels, letters, and photographs, it captures the transformative nature...

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