For The Real Film Buffs

I can barely stop shaking with excitment as I type this but the Freer Gallery will be showing both of Samuel Fuller’s masterful Korean War movies this weekend for FREE!

For the uninitiated these two films, “Steel Helmet” and “Fixed Bayonets” are extremely rare. In fact after searching for about 12 years I’ve only ever been able to see “Steel Helmet” and that was on a crappy vhs dub.

Samuel Fuller was one of America’s early masters of independent film, using his experiences from World War II to craft gritty controversial films. These two movies dealing with the Korean War were extremely controversial because Fuller was making them while the war was still being fought! Fuller’s films show a more realistic side of the war experience than the Hollywood propagnda pictures of the WWII era. Added to which the fact that Fuller could shoot an entire war movie within the confines a Los Angeles park, certainly makes him a god of guerrilla film-making.

To have the oppurtunity to catch both of these rarities on the big screen is…well…so damn exciting!

“Steel Helmet” will be shown on Friday Feb. 25th at 7:00pm
“Fixed Bayonets” will be shown on Sunday Feb. 27th at 2:00pm
— in the Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium

Tickets are free but limited, so get there early.

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