Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. As they take to the skies in one of the war's climactic air battles one pays the ultimate price for his bravery. Winner of the first 'Best Picture' Academy Award, this film broke boundries with its innovative use of biplane mounted cameras and thrilling action shots.
Chicago Silent Film Society Organist Jay Warren provides a live music accompaniment to this amazing example of cinema history. Free snacks provided.
This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.