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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.
A superb war film that masterfully displays the horrors of war and what its like in times of war. The acting was great, and the direction by Milestone was fantastic. All Quiet on the Western Front is a milestone in cinematic history.
All Quiet on the Western Front was a movie filmed back in 1930, which is pretty amazing because the story is about this young German rather than an Englishman or Frenchman who is forced to go to war and has to watch people die and has to kill people himself. It shows how horrible the First World War was for every country who fought in it. The main Character, Paul (played by Lew Ayres in a convincingly confused and scared manner) is having a hard time with the war. This movie shows how hard World War I was for everyone including the Germans.
The big statement this movie was making seems to be how crazy and looney one can go…
Probably the best "soldier" war film I've seen thus far. It's gritty yet it also has a sense of humanity in it. It doesn't glorify war, it condemns it, although not to the extent of saying war is bad, just to the point of saying that war is brutal. And for a film that is over 80 years old, the film is surprisingly tough to watch, not because it's dated or anything, but because some scenes are actually really brutal and could still make people squirm today.
There isn't much of a plot to this film, besides a German soldier's point of view of the first World War. Narrating his experiences is Paul. What is interesting about Paul is that…
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This had very impressive battle scenes. They used lots of extras, and the explosions looked very powerful and real. I don't think the movie's message was as effective as the book's, but it was still very powerful.
I watched this film in history, so I didn't quite get the greatest experience watching this, but I'm sure glad I got it out of he way. This 1930 film is a classic, but it didn't hit me in the right places as the film should have.
Let's talk about Lew Ayres. He's a great actor (in some scenes). He has a certain tone to him that really throws his character off, and it's the way he delivers his lines. I'm sure people thought this was normal back in 1930, but his character was more jokey than I anticipated him being. However, in some scenes he generally floored me. Not all scenes he shines in, but in the ones he…
Meiner Meinung nach hat der Name Himmelstoß nicht nur eine, sondern drei Bedeutungen, zum einen die, die wir bereits semantisierten und zum anderen die, die für Paul Bäumer von elementarer Bedeutung ist. Denn für ihn ist Himmelstoß derjenige, der ihn aus dem Paradies, dem Himmel, vertrieben hat. Durch seine Ausbildung zerstörte er das Weltbild der Rekruten und führte sie in das barbarische Gemetzel an der Front. Doch auch für Himmelstoß selbst wird der Name zum Sinnbild des Schicksals, denn er ist der Gott seines Kosmos, der Kaserne. Vertrieben wird er, er fällt, aus dem Himmel gestoßen, in die brutale Realität des Krieges, wo Eid und Vaterlandsliebe keinen Wert mehr besitzen. Hier beginnt seine Menschwerdung, er verbrüdert sich mit den einfachen…
Won - Best Picture
Won - Best Director, Lewis Milestone
Nominated - Best Writing
Nominated - Best Cinematography
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