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William March/Company K  tells the story of author William March (1893-1954) and his largely autobiographical novel Company K (1933), considered the finest American novel about World War I.  After volunteering for the U.S. Marines in 1917, March earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and French Croix de Guerre; but  according to critic Philip Beidler the act of writing Company K -- in effect reliving traumatic memories -- was an act of even greater courage.  Employing a Faulknerian multiplicity of viewpoints and sense of irony, Company K  is often compared to All Quiet on the Western Front  for its raw depiction of war.  William March/Company K includes scenes from the feature film Company K (2004),excerpts from other works and scenes from The Bad Seed (1956) based on March’s best-selling novel.  

 
       
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This film was funded in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the New Jersey Humanities Council, the Blount Foundation, the Sybil Smith Charitable Trust, the A.S. Mitchell Foundation and the M.W. Smith Foundation.

 

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