East Meadow Library shows 'Last Flight'

In honor of Veterans Day, East Meadow Library In honor of Veterans Day, East Meadow Library is holding a free screening of the 1931 movie "The Last Flight," starring Richard Barthelmess. Photo Credit: Handout

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One bond linking veterans of the nation's wars is what happened when they served their country. Another is what happened when they came home.

In honor of Veterans Day, East Meadow Library is holding a free screening of the 1931 movie "The Last Flight." The film tells the story of four shell-shocked vets from World War I and the difficulties they faced trying to resume normal lives.

The movie stars Richard Barthelmess as a fighter pilot coping with postwar emotional and physical problems. Barthelmess, a largely forgotten actor today, was a major star in the 1920s and '30s from Long Island. When the movie opened 82 years ago in Manhattan, The New York Times called it "a curious but often brilliant study of the postwar psychology of four injured American aviators."

The movie will be introduced by film historian and filmmaker John Carpenter. The screening is Friday at 1 p.m. Call 516-794-2570.

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