NJ Film Series: Company K

The Hoboken Historical Museum is pleased to host a free screening of Company K, a new World War I movie by New Jersey-based director Robert Clem, on Sunday, November 12 at 4 p.m. The screening will be followed by discussion with the filmmaker. The film, based on the first novel by William March, a decorated veteran of the “Great War,” explores the lasting impact of the war experience through the eyes of a troubled veteran named Joe Delaney, who, much like the author, struggles to write a history of the company in which he served as a way of recovering from his nightmares.

companyk - NJ Film Series: Company KCompany K was hailed as a masterpiece by many critics, including Graham Greene, who wrote that “the book has the force of a mob protest; an outcry from anonymous throats. It is the only war book I have read which has found a new form to fit the novelty of protest.”

Other critics compared the book to Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All Quiet on the Western Front. March’s most famous novel is The Bad Seed, a 1954 best seller about a child murderess, which was adapted as a long-running Broadway hit and as a Hollywood movie in 1955.

This is the first movie to be made from the book. Filmmaker Robert Clem, a long-time New Jersey resident, obtained support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other sources, to produce a film that combines the life of William March with the characters he created in Company K.

The official web site for the film is www.companykthefilm.com.

A trailer for the film can be viewed at http://www.waterfrontpix.com/companyk.htm. The screening is free.

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This should gross less than Artie Lang’s Beer League. A WWI movie today… how relevant. Why not do another movie about Vietnam or the Civil War?