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Story of G.I. Joe

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8 p.m., Dryden Theatre

Based on the reports of a Pulitzer Prize–winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle, who joined a US infantry unit (Company C, 18th Infantry) on its way across North Africa and Italy, this remarkably unglamorous and authentic picture, preceding Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One by 35 years, refuses to view the Second World War from any other perspective but that of an ordinary grunt, conveying an extraordinary sense of terror and misery on the battlefield. A tribute to the American infantryman, and a template for William Wellman’s WWII masterpiece Battleground. Pay attention to young Robert Mitchum in the role that launched him to international stardom. Members admitted free.