Essential World War I movies, books and plays:
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway's classic novel, about the love affair between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse, has been filmed twice, in 1932 (Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes) and 1957 (Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones).
Grand Illusion This 1937 masterpiece is about class relationships between French officers held in a German prison.
Many Wars Ago A 1970 film detailing the stupidity, arrogance and sadism of Italian officers in their campaign against the Austrian Army. Very grim.
Gallipoli Mel Gibson stars in this 1981 film, about the disastrous campaign fought by Australian troops against the Ottoman Empire in Turkey.
Joyeux Noel The Oscar-nominated 2005 French film is about the 1914 Christmas truce, when the opposing sides laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday.
War Horse The 2011 Tony Award-winning play about a U.K. farm horse sold to the British cavalry was notable for its innovative staging and later made into a feature film directed by Steven Spielberg.