Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 1925. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Laurence Stallings, scenario by Harry Behn, titles by Joseph Farnham. Cinematography by John Arnold. Produced by Irving Thalberg, King Vidor. Music by William Axt, Carl Davis. Production Design by James Basevi, Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Ethel P. Chaffin, Robert Florey. Film Editing by Hugh Wynn.
Wonderful epic silent film plays like an emotionally enriched Wings. Directed by King Vidor, the film stars John Gilbert as the rich son of an American industrialist who enlists in the army when the USA enters World War I. He befriends two soldiers and falls in love with a beautiful Frenchwoman named Melisande (Renée Adorée). As the horrors of battle continue, they make him forget more and more the privileged life he left behind and the shallow fiancee who encouraged him to enlist in the first place. The parade of the title refers to the endless barrage of army trucks moving towards the front lines. Beautiful photography and a great pace, plus terrific acting from some legends of the silent era.