Featuring films portraying life in war-torn countries of Europe and a film, the original of which was condemned and burned by the Gestapo in Nazi Germany, the Film Society this year is planning the most ambitious program in its history.
In a series of six programs the Society will present to Harvard students memorable motion pictures, both silent and sound, which noted film critics have regarded as being the most outstanding of their type. Not only are these pictures produced in our own Hollywood, but also by well known foreign companies.
Von Stroheim Film First
The first program, which will be held in the New Lecture Hall on November 18, will feature "Greed," a picture written and directed by Erich von Stroheim. At its Berlin premiere this picture caused riots because if its wartime characterizations and because of von Stroheim's extreme unpopularity with the Nazis.
Among the other pictures scheduled to be shown by the Film Society is "The Passion of Joan of Are," a silent film which ranks with some of the best contemporary sound films. This picture, directed by Carl-Theodor Dreyer, was produced by La Societe Generale de Films.
The activities of the Society are en- dorsed by such men as Edward W. Forbes '95, James B. Munn '12, and Elliott Perkins '23, Director of the War Service Information Bureau.
In order to meet the expenses of procuring these films, those who intend to see them must become Associate Members of the Society.
The Film Society, which was organized in 1936 by a group of undergradutes, is run on a non-profit basis. Last year it was able to put $250 into War Bonds as a result of an extra large membership