Civil War Films

The Civil War is captured in all its glory and tragedy in these award-winning films.

Friday, July 1 and Friday, July 8, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at New Fairfield Senior Center

Gone with the Wind (1939),Part 1 & Part 2

Director Victor Fleming’s epic adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s romance novel set in Georgia at the start of the Civil War.  Starring Vivien Leigh as the head-strong Southern belle, Scarlett O’Hara, and Clark Gable as the swaggering opportunist, Rhett Butler.  This inter-generational event is sponsored by the New Fairfield Senior Center. New Fairfield Senior Center is located at 33 CT Route 37 North, New Fairfield.

Monday, July 11, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Danbury Library
Gettysburg (1993)

T his engrossing film version of The Killer Angels , much of which was filmed at the actual battlefield, focuses on a handful of major characters to dramatize the events of July 1863.  Starring Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy and Jeff Daniels as colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the Union Army.  Please note:  this movie is four hours long and will be shown in its entirety.

Friday, July 15, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. at Brookfield Senior Center
Cold Mountain (2003)

In the waning days of the Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous odyssey back home to Cold Mountain in North Carolina.  Young Inman is determined to be reunited with his sweetheart, Ada.  Based on Charles Frazier’s eloquent novel and starring Jude Law and Nicole Kidman.  The Brookfield Senior Center is located at 100 Pocono road, Brookfield.

Monday, July 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Danbury Library
Glory (1998)

This dramatic war film is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, as told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the Civil War.  The 54th regiment was one of the first formal units of the  United States Army to be made up entirely of African-American men.  Starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington.