The Big Parade (1925)

KING VIDOR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1925.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by , scenario by , titles by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , King Vidor.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Wonderful epic silent film plays like an emotionally enriched Wings. Directed by King Vidor, the film stars  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 (). 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.

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