Jan. 14, 2020

Introducing the Oscar-nominated 1917 film and World War I at The Tull Family Theater

An opening day event for the film 1917 at The Tull Family Theater will present a brief introduction to World War I.

Dr. Connie Ruzich, a professor at Robert Morris University and author, will provide context for World War I before the 8:15 p.m. show on Friday, Jan. 17.

Her work focuses on “lost voices” of WWI and includes Behind Their Lines, a weekly blog endorsed by the United States World War I Centenary Commission. Though Ruzich focuses on WWI poetry, including African American poets, she also has written about British women picking up the slack at farms during the war and other war-related topics.

She plans to discuss:

How this film is set at a pivotal moment in history. The First World War began in August 1914 and was to have been over by Christmas. Three years later, the war had drained the energy and morale of nearly all who fought.  

How the First World War is largely remembered from the trench warfare of the Western Front, a nearly static line of opposing defensive positions from which soldiers launched attacks across No Man’s Land on enemy lines. Men in the trenches lived with the dead; they ate near them, slept with them, endured their stench, and gazed across No Man’s Land at a landscape littered with decaying bodies. 

How new technologies transformed military strategy and resulted in carnage that is nearly unimaginable even today, with barbed wire, poison gas, tanks, airplanes and machine guns.

With 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Director, the film itself is creating a buzz, on the heels of a surprise big wins at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c)(3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse revenue streams from private, public, corporate and foundation funding, the theater counts among its donors, including the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 700 individuals and its patrons, including Sustaining Circle members. This support sustains and expands programming at this independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space.


Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, cell 412.671.1456