In every American war, from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, American military men and women have captured the horror, pathos and intensity of warfare by writing letters home. In a special Movies at MacArthur screening, “American Experience” documentary film “War Letters” explores the fronts from their viewpoints Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Tens of thousands of American war letters have been handed down from generation to generation. In an effort to preserve this correspondence, writer Andrew Carroll created the Legacy Project. In “War Letters” the most compelling and enlightening of the project’s missives are used to recount American military history from the viewpoint of the men and women in the front lines.
With breathtaking eyewitness accounts of famous battles to poignant accounts — including declarations of love and last letters — to the everyday — including humorous anecdotes and gripes about insufferable conditions — the film brings the history of war vividly to life. To highlight the universal experience of war — its abject horror and loneliness, senseless death and terrible destruction — “War Letters” intercuts letters written hundreds of years ago with those written in recent decades.
Join us to view “War Letters” in the second floor of the MacArthur Museum of Military History April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, and popcorn and beverages will be provided.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Movies at MacArthur — “War Letters,” 6:30 p.m.
503 E. 9th Street