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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.
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.…
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.
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…
It may seem a little preachy at times, but, in the end, "All Quiet on the Western Front" makes a very powerful statement about the horror of war. The battle scenes are epic, and the final shot is poetic and powerful.
This is some of the worst acting I've ever seen. Ever.
Seriously, this is considered one of the best war movies ever? Seriously? Was this the best acting that they could get? I guarantee there was better acting in 1930. While I haven't seen anything in the 30s as of now, except this and something in Disney.
I can't stress how poor the acting is. It's either phoned in, cheesy, or just plain bad. There's a scene with a German talking with a dying soldier, and it was so bad I felt offended. This is a heavy subject, and the acting is like a middle school play.
Despite this, for its time, it is a good movie otherwise. Good sets,…
I kicked off my February, which is always Oscar’s month, with All Quiet on the Western Front. Director Lewis Milestone’s wartime drama took home the Academy’s top prize for 1930. Capturing the essence of the individuals directly involved in conflict, All Quiet on the Western Front, is a magnificent look at the effects of war both on soldiers physicality and mentality. A poignant look at a time when many fighting were just young boys trying to be heroes, All Quiet on the Western Front seems worthy of the gold statuette.
Opening inside a classroom, a professor is convincing a classroom of impressionable teenagers to enlist, revealing the first unfortunate aspect of WWI. In the cloak of patriotism, a group of…
This is a really well done movie. Maybe a little long, considering it's a silent pic, but well done. Very good early depiction of "war is hell" motif.
Really enjoyed the story line of the "green" recruits finding out their stark reality after joining the fight.
I just think I'm always going to have a little bit of a problem with silent movies over an hour long.
"I'll tell you all how it should be done. Whenever there's a big war comin on, you should rope off a big field and..."
"...And on the big day, you should take all the kings and their cabinets and their generals, put them in the center dressed in their underpants and let them fight it out. The best country wins."
A moving drama on the horrors of war. There are certain elements to this film that haven't dated well. It probably doesn't need to be as long as it is and some of the performances are a bit hokey. That said, its central premise still has relevance and the actual scenes depicting war have stood up very well. You'd also have to be quite cynical not to be affected by the end scene.
Realistic depictions of wartime, stunning effects and a strong message all on par with Saving Private Ryan--despite releasing 68 years earlier.
Literally the whole star and a half I've taken off is because of Lew Ayres. I don't know what he was going for, but it seems like in order to make his character seem more youthful and naive in the beginning, they made him... talk like a widdle baby. It ruined many tragic and powerful scenes, like the one where he talks to the corpse of the Frenchman Paul killed and promises to contact the man's wife, or the scene where Paul watched Franz die in the hospital. "Oh god, Franz doesn't wanna die! Pwease don't wet him die!"
This is exacerbated by the immense talent to be found in all the other performances, especially William Bakewell. There's many times…
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