A masterpiece, King Vidor’s 1925 film about the Great War accomplishes what few war epics ever do: it captures the immense sweep of cataclysmic events while maintaining its focus on the ordinary people whose lives are changed forever by those events. John Gilbert stars in his finest performance, as a young American soldier who finds peace with a French woman (Renee Adoree) amid the dirt and horror of war. 141 min.