My WWI interest continues. New Zealand film maker Peter Jackson has made a “documentary” about WWI composed of colorized and 3D-ized period footage, screening in the U.S. on two days in December, only. I’m attending a Dec 17 screening on Court Street in Brooklyn, if anyone in NYC wants to join me. Both of my grandfathers, Italian-born, not yet naturalized as U.S. citizens, served in the U.S. Army in WWI. One was in the first battle the U.S. Expeditionary Forces fought in France (St. Mihiel). The other was in England (“sewing,” is the family joke, as he never saw battle and was an experienced tailor whom his officers put to work fitting uniforms, as soon as they found out about his skills) and was on the very first troop ship to return to the U.S., a few weeks after the November 11 Armistice, to the New York Harbor with lots of press. I’d be chuffed to catch a glimpse of either of them in the footage.
UPDATE December 17: No Americans in the film. The footage is all British, bummer, but the film is FABULOUS. I wrote about it here: