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): Jeunet, Jean-Pierre
Year of Publication: 2003

In this French romance drama  directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a young French woman, Mathilde, is determined to find her fiancé, who has been missing and declared dead since disappearing during the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916....

Director(s): Jean Marsh
Year of Publication: 1971

The series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place. Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, is a member of Parliament, and his wife a member of the titled aristocracy. Belowstairs,...

Director(s): Pabst, Georg Wilhelm
Year of Publication: 1930

Westfront 1918 is a German film from 1930, directed  by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and based on the novel, Vier von der Infanterie (Four from the Infantry) by Ernst Johannsen. It is set mostly in the trenches of the Western...

Director(s): Vincent, David
Year of Publication: 2014

This short documentary raises questions about women's changing roles in England during World War I. Women took on traditionally men's roles by becoming factory workers, police officers, and surgeons as well as by forming football (soccer) leagues...

Director(s): Dovzhenko, Aleksandr
Year of Publication: 1930
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Widely regarded as a masterpiece of Soviet silent film and capping Alexander Dovzhenko's trilogy about the relationship between the Ukraine and the Soviet Union, Earth tackles the politics of collectivization and class in the Ukrainian...

Director(s): Colla, Richard A.
Year of Publication: 1995
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Based on the 1987 novel by Danielle Steel, Zoya traces the story of a young Russian countess, who escapes the 1917 revolution and, despite hardship, makes a new life for herself in America.

Director(s): Dovzhenko, Alexander
Year of Publication: 1927
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Zvenigora is a 1928 Soviet silent film by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko. A grandfather who trades in salt (Nikolai Nademsky) looks after his two grandsons, the idealistic nationalist dreamer, Pavlo (Les Podorozhnij), and the...