To commemorate the WW I Centennial Anniversary, the Tivoli Theatre in Westport and the National WW I Museum at the Liberty Memorial are co-hosting free screenings of two new historical films from BBC Worldwide America.
This series was produced this year in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I on July 28, 1914. The two films have a similar look and feel to the great period BBC dramatic series, like "Downton Abbey."
Neither of these films has been shown in the US, released on video or video-on-demand. We hope ESU members and their guests will be able to attend one or both of these BBC-produced films. Please remember: tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it would be a good idea to arrive at least 45 minutes before showtime.
37 Days: Road to World War I
Monday, August 4th at 1:00 PM
Saturday, August 9th at 11:00 AM
This three-part factual and riveting dramatization reveals the complex behind-closed-doors story of the final weeks before the outbreak of World War I.
Filmed entirely in Northern Ireland, 37 Days has a stellar cast, led by Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars), Tim Pigott-Smith and Sinéad Cusack in this political thriller which follows the catastrophic chain of events that led from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, to the declaration of war between Britain and Germany on August 4th.
By overturning common assumptions about its inevitability, the film demonstrates that World War I did not happen by chance, and nor was it a foregone conclusion – it took considerable effort and staggering bad luck to destroy a system that had kept the general peace in Europe for the 99 years that followed the Battle of Waterloo and the fall of Napoleon.
Tickets will be offered on a first-come, first served basis at the Tivoli Theatre Box Office on the day of the shows below only.
Royal Cousins at War:
The Final Blow to the Royal Houses of Europe
Saturday, August 16th at 1:30 PM
At the outbreak of World War I, three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers – Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of England. This two-part series looks at the role played by the three monarchs, and their relationships with each other, in the outbreak of war.
Mismanaging their countries and mishandling foreign policy, they failed to adapt to the forces of nationalism and democracy, and so brought tumbling down their own ideal of a Europe governed by the descendants of Queen Victoria. While it was war that delivered the final blow, this fascinating series shows how the problems had set in much earlier.