Join us for a special ciné-concert to commemorate the centennial of the United States' April 6, 1917 entry into World War I.
To mark this historic occasion, FIAF and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy will present a special screening of the American classic Wings. One of the last great films of the silent era, Wings won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929.
The beautifully restored film will be accompanied by a live performance by France's Prima Vista Quartet, world renowned for their live accompaniment to silent films. Supplemented by Matthias Champon on trumpet and Cédric Barbier on percussion, they will perform a score composed by the group's violist Baudime Jam.
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Directed by William Wellman, 1927
B&W. 144 mins. DCP.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in the Meuse, William Wellman’s epic masterpiece is the story of two men who enlist to join allied troops in France and the girl they’ve left behind. Featuring thrilling aerial battle scenes and breathtaking camera work, this tale of friendship and love, rivalry and heroism stars screen siren Clara Bow alongside Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance.
Co-presented with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with support from the French Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale and the US WWI Centennial Commission
Part of the French Embassy’s year-long centennial commemoration program How 1917 Changed the World
Presented under the patronage of His Excellency Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, and Loree Sutton, Commissioner at the New York City Department of Veterans Affairs
Special thanks to the AFS Intercultural Programs
Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery