The Big Parade was groundbreaking for not glorifying the war or ignoring its human costs, exemplified by the lead character's loss of a leg from battle wounds -- and with war raging all over the world, it's more timely than ever. In this movie, one of the most successful films of the silent era, an idle rich boy joins the US Army's Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I. He becomes a friend of two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare and finds love with a French girl. It heavily influenced all subsequent war films, and in 1992, The Big Parade was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." After the screening at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, stick around for CineClub, a community discussion in The Paramount Bar about the film, covering silent film trivia questions and exploring silent film in general.