French in the Trench: The Best WWI Flicks

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A war whose sequel ultimately eclipsed it in human memory, much like “Wrath of Khan” would “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” World War I ushered in much of what is considered modern warfare. The advent of machine guns, tanks, chemical warfare and a ton of other horrible crap that scarred an entire generation of men lacked, however, the stamp of the spectacular, enduring villain found in the next installment. Perhaps this is why classic WWI films are not as readily identifiable to the average film viewer as are the myriad noteworthy WWII films Hollywood has regularly put out pretty much since that conflict ended. Luckily you have us to point you in the right direction.
French in the Trench: The Best WWI Flicks

4“Wings” (1927)

We take to the air in the first Best Picture winner ever, William Welles’ silent gem starring Clara Bow and Buddy Rogers. A comedic/romantic story, which is balanced out with mortal drama and spectacular, gritty aerial dogfights, “Wings” is definitely the most pleasant film (thanks in no small part to the eternal charm of “It Girl,” Bow) on this deeply unpleasant conflict.

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