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All Quiet on the Western Front
They left for war as boys never to return as men.
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of which he had not conceived of when signing up to fight. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused of their purpose.
Film #1 of Project 30
”When it comes to dying for your country it’s better not to die at all.”
It’s really amazing that this 84 year old film’s messages and its viewpoints regarding war and its effects on human soul feel so fresh and modern even now. Lewis Milestone’s adaptation of Eric Maria Remarque’s novel of the same name is an absorbing, tantalizing and incredibly affective piece of cinema which focuses on a group of naive German boys who go to the ugly battlefields of World War I and it shows how anguish, misery and sorrow replaces all their energy, passion and enthusiasm for life and how their courage, valor and heroism soon turns into silence, depression and despair.…
There are a dozen or so legendary films in the history of cinema that live up to their billing, and then some. This is certainly one of them. It's so defiantly timeless, and also makes you somewhat wonder why people even bothered making war films ever since.
As a result of the 100th year commemorations of WWI which are currently underway, I finally decided to seek this film out and polish it off. It is one of those films you often hear about a long time before you get around to seeing it, it features prominently in the history of early cinema, particularly the early era of the Oscars. The film title itself is pure pop-culture, to the point of…
Okay, so some of the acting is a little stilted at times, but the earnestness helps to endear the characters and All Quiet on the Western Front packs in so much film-making virtuosity and naturalism for an 83 year old film that it hasn't aged for a second. The war scenes are astounding with realism and mortifying with truth. The camera so composed, always in the right spot, so still and picturesque with haunting reserve at times. The framing often reveals detail in the background as the foreground carries on with story. There is always more than one action going on in every shot, always commanding full attention. The anit-war message is ever-lasting in every sense of the word. A phenomenal piece of work that has stood the test of time as well as anything.
We know, first hand, that the First World War was a nasty, ugly and brutal experience. That's true of any war, but this one was different because of the magnitude of new technology. The tank premiered, and made it possible to get across enemy lines into places that soldiers on foot could never go. Most importantly, the motion picture camera, which captured moving images of war for the very first time. It was the first war to have documentation of the actual event and record interviews with survivors who could tell the story of the Hell they endured. All Quiet on the Western Front, like the book,sugarcoats nothing. It charges headlong into battle in an effort to portray a war…
Goes to show how a second viewing can make a big difference. I'd been of the opinion this was creaky and boring, the kind of movie that would have been better as a silent movie a year or so earlier. I was an idiot for thinking this. It's just as visually dynamic as most silents, and the sound gives it a naturalism that suits the material infinitely better. Devastating.
A half hour into this, around the time the second hysterical soldier cries like a baby, I'm ready to condemn it for being unrealistic. And that's when I realize it's just my American conditioning kicking in. Having recently watched American Sniper (review forthcoming), All Quiet On The Western Front is about as lucky a counterpoint as I could have hoped for. A film like this just couldn't be made today; lately it seems the American military must be a rock-solid bastion of masculinity at all times, and it's insane to think how many war films made in Hollywood tread this same purloined path of self-righteous bravado.
Eighty-five years later and this is one of the greatest war films ever made.…
The original war film?
-- Blindspot July 2015 --
In German high school, you took a lot about WW2. In fact, you talk about it so much - for three years - that eventually, you are just tired of it. Yes, more tired than other people already are, even though they are 'just' overwhelmed by all the books and movies centered around this period. So when we talked about the novel All Quiet on the Western Front in German class, I was immediately enthralled. When we started watching the movie, I was even more intrigued. Finally, something interesting about WW1! It had taken me many years to come to understand this war and most of its aspects so I was ready to analyze a…
This felt uneven to me.
Initially, All Quiet on the Western Front is marked by an uncomfortable dichotomy between dialogue scenes and mostly silent, usually combat scenes. The dialogue scenes are statically shot and cut and full of awkward expository, overly explanatory dialogue—basically a perfect example of the problems that can arise in a literary adaption in a visual medium. The 'silent' scenes are the complete opposite, with a plentiful camera movements and cuts from a variety of angles arranged in a dynamic way. And, when the film gets past this dichotomy—seemingly blending the two together, though some awkward stubbornly pushes its way through—too soon All Quiet begins to drag as the pacing falters.
And yet, this film made an…
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
War Never Changes.
World War 1 film worth watching due to its importance in the grand scheme of cinema but not necessarily a true classic film. The action sequences with the trench warfare are surprisingly intense and violent. Problem is sandwiched between them is a lot of hokey scenes where they try to beat a message into the movie with a blunt object. WW1 is terribly underrepresented in film, but this just hasn't aged all that well and parts of it seem incredibly silly when compared to say, Kubrick's Paths of Glory.
I saw the silent version. It had a lots of dialogue which wasn't great but it wasn't conceived as a silent film so that's to be expected. It was still moving and I assume it was nice to not hear their American voices pretending to be German.
I am a fan of WWI movies and this one was right in line with the naivete + fatalism of the encounter.
A class of patriotic german schoolboys enlist in the army together and are shown the true horrors of war as they are thrown into the trenches of the First World War.
This seminal epic war film of life in the trenches is an astounding, shocking and heartfelt tale, that still to this day over shadows most war films that have followed. Its brutally honest depiction of life in the trenches is harrowing, horrifying and serves as a bench mark in anti war pacifism films that have spawned since. You can see traces of many of the great war films that have since graced our screens, films such as Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, or Coppola’s Apocolypse Now have clearly been influenced…
Rewatched this in its silent cut. Great camerawork and creation of a compelling narrative. However, it was not made to be silent, and that had the added difficulty of reading several title cards. I would like to revisit the original on the big screen again with sound.
Good ideas, poor execution. Unfortunately turning into heavy-handed Oscar-bait. Still entertaining though.
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