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Attention
Movie Fans
of All Ages!

World War II movie posters were exhibited in the Hutchins Gallery, other areas of the C. W. Post Library, and the Hillwood Art Museum from September 23 to October 20, 2002. These vintage movie posters of the Second World War represent those films produced while the Great Conflict was raging throughout the globe from 1941-1945. The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library has 174 such posters which were culled from the library's collection of approximately 5,000 original movie posters. These artistic creations were displayed in the theatres when the pictures were shown in the 40's and 50's.

Fifty-four of the posters will be exhibited. The time is right for such an exhibit because of the great pride in our country after the unspeakable tragedy of September 11, as well as a deeper appreciation of that "greatest generation" who unreservedly fought a necessary and just war against murderous tyrannies grinding their way around the world.

During the war, movie audiences were lured inside by the poster advertisments, mesmerized in the darkened temple of their local Bijou, and thrilled with our struggles against the forces of evil in such screen classics as Bataan, The Fighting Sullivans and The Moon Is Down, shivered at the dangers lurking behind the scenes in such spy thrillers as The Conspirators and Man Hunt, escaped into laughter with Buck Privates and Miracle of Morgan's Creek, broke out into song with such musical moral lifters as This Is the Army and Follow the Boys, and shared the trials on the home front in such heart-tugging dramas as Sunday Dinner for a Soldier and I'll Be Seeing You. Such movies are promoted and celebrated in these posters in an artful, graphic and fun way. Original news broadcasts and radio shows will provide an audio backdrop. Movies will be shown.

List of posters.


There Were Three Lectures In The Hutchins Gallery, C. W. Post Library:

Reception: Thursday, September 26, 2002 from 11:00am-12:15pm. Refreshments will be served.

Professor John Koshel, Theater, Film and Dance Department, C. W. Post, Long Island University, Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 12:30pm. "World War II and the Movies: Revealing the American Social Spectrum." There will be a showing of the war film "Bataan".

Professor Arline Garbarini, English Department, St. Johns University, Thursday, October 3, 2002 at 12:30pm. "Battle Pieces: How Poets Responded to the War." This program, which is free and open to the public, is supported in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Professor Arthur Coleman, English Department, C. W. Post, Long Island University, Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 12:30pm. "World War II: Memories of Combat Lived and Their Cinema Images."


There Were Four Movies Shown In The Hutchins Gallery, C. W. Post Library:

Bataan: Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 12:30pm. After the lecture.

The Fighting Seabees : Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 12:30pm.

Buck Privates : Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 12:30pm. After the lecture.

Air Force : Friday, October 11, 2002 at 12:30pm.


Special Collections Department
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
C. W. Post Campus / Long Island University
Brookville, NY 11548
Phone: 516/299-2880

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