January 7, 2020: Your Chance to Preview 1917

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A Brief History

Epic war film fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see 1917 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM at Regal Great Northern in North Olmsted, Ohio!  For your chance to get a pass, please complete and submit the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6ocbQ2rxY8KJcTHScrtFFSSThP-KlQQe2ysmRJMeyGdzGMA/viewform.  A winning pass is valid for up to two seatsSeating is first-come, first-served and is not guaranteed.  Saving seats for other parties is prohibited.

Digging Deeper

In 1917, at the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message warning of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich.  The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, including Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap.  The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.

Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 stars George MacKay as Lance Corporal William Schofield, Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Tom Blake, Mark Strong as Captain Smith, Andrew Scott as Lieutenant Leslie, Richard Madden as Lieutenant Joseph Blake, Claire Duburcq as Lauri, Colin Firth as General Erinmore, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Colonel Mackenzie.  The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 25, 2020 by Universal Pictures.

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Historical Evidence

For more information about the film, please visit the film’s official website.

The featured image in this article, a scaled-down, low-resolution image of a poster for the film 1917, is used in an article created with permission from a representative of Allied Global Marketing per fair use under the copyright law of the United States.

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Dr. Zar

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.