The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline.
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The Big Parade is an archetypal war film; it shaped the entire genre and if it's cliched then that's because it started those cliches. Its influence includes everything from Best Years of Our Lives to The Deer Hunter. Although the ending must be nothing but a comforting illusion to all who must have experienced great loss in war, the finale is well earned for the audience. Sometimes the people need a hopeful message.
A brilliant masterpiece, this is one of the greatest war movies of all time, that proved its director to be a strong heir to Griffith's editing innovations. Vidor's themes are also very similar to Griffith's: basically, the Americana, or, in other words, a constant portrayal of the american society, history, politics and way of life. King Vidor, Griffith and John Ford are the definite american classic film-makers.
I can't stand American military films and manic depressive atmosphere no longer. Two scenes are great (boot and German soldier). Rest is stereotype which is still in use. additionally, mustacheless John Gilbert looks like Boardwalk Empire's Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza).
The second half of this King Vidor MGM spectacular features arguably the most realistic WWI battles scenes of all time, leaving the first half, which is quite playful and romantic, a distant memory. The quick, moving finale, with John Gilbert and Renee Adoree, is that much more hard earned for the brutal action scenes prior.
Un jeune Américain va s'engager en France, pendant la Première Guerre Mondiale, connaître le grand amour de sa vie et se trouver gravement blessé lors d'une attaque de tranchées ..... INOUBLIABLE ..... www.cinefiches.com
Una escena memorable en "El gran desfile". Los soldados se acercan en busca de trincheras y caminan por debajo de árboles que parecen remecer y cobijar al enemigo. Una escena en donde el suspenso empunta. Vidor es un maestro del cine comercial; evoca el romance, (melo)drama, la acción, compone un montaje impresionante que sabe distinto al montaje digitalizado.
One of Gilberts best. The recent blu ray has an unreal transfer. Looks like the film was shot yesterday. One of the best transfers of one of the best silent films. I would recommend purchasing it for your home library