Introducing the Oscar-contending film 1917 and WWI at The Tull Family Theater - PineCreek Journal

Introducing the Oscar-contending film 1917 and WWI at The Tull Family Theater

Monday, January 13, 2020 | 9:17 PM

On Friday, Jan. 17, The Tull Family Theater’s opening day of the film 1917, Dr. Connie Ruzich, a professor at Robert Morris University and author about World War I, will present a brief introduction at the 8:15 p.m. show.

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. Her research has shared the writing of ordinary soldiers, pacifists, grieving mothers and other noncombatants who were caught up in the first modern “total war.”

Ruzich will 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.

The film itself has created a buzz, with 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

Join us for this brief and insightful talk at The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley. The Theater is steps away from the municipal Green Street parking lot, with a ramp leading to its entrance, as well as from the main Walnut Street entrance.  Parking is free after 6 p.m. weekdays.  For tickets and more dates and showtimes for 1917, visit the website,, or call the recorded line at 412.259.8542.