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All Quiet on the Western Front
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 Century of Cinema Challenge: 1930
Finally out of the silent era!
All Quiet on the Western Front is a film that has withstood the test of time and remains one of the most poignant war (or anti-war, more precisely) films in history. Bleak, harrowing, and tragic, it is a story of disillusionment, stripping away the politics and bureaucracy to reveal the lasting effects of war on those who it most damages. It carries a message that still rings true in this day and age, and despite some cheesy overacting, it is still very effective and powerful. I was particularly moved by the scene in which Paul spends hours in a crater with an enemy soldier whom he has fatally…
I feel bad saying it, but I think that All Quiet on the Western Front is a little overrated. It's got some great moments and one really great character (Kat, played by Louis Wolheim) but it also sinks into heavy melodrama a few too many times for my liking.
Remarque also seemed to really like one particular ending (A Time to Love and a Time to Die ends pretty much the same way), which is too bad because it feels gratuitous. His point has been driven home already.
This movie is very astonishing, to be a movie that was made 1930 and on top of that, a movie that depicts the psyche of soldiers in WWI and still be engaging is a rare feat!
This film isn't a war film in the sense that I thought it was going to be. This film doesn't want to glamourize the war and it's soldiers, it wants to show the horrid reality to be in a trench and fighting your opposite and yourself in a way.
There are some truly horrific scenes in the film, scenes that will be engraved in my memory for a long time. A famous scene is one where a soldiers hands are being blown off, and…
All Quiet on the Western Front is a harrowing anti-war film.
Very bleak and remarkable anti-war film.
Take that, Truffaut.
Surprisingly brutal and harrowing, especially for the time period. Plays like a series of horrifying war vignettes, in which all romance and sentiment has been sapped out. Even as it sets up many tropes that would later be rehashed in almost every war film after, most of those films ignore the strength of this film's conviction. There are no victories in this film, no moments of validation in which we see the men capture an important strategic location, or feel some sense of purpose for what they're doing. It's an endless stream of men running one direction, then running back, the only real respite coming in small moments of companionship, of the rare hot meal shared with one's friends.
Saw this at Sands with mum.
This film kicked off our local community college's semester film festival, this time focused on the centennial of World War 1. I thought I'd seen it before, but was probably confusing it with Sgt York. To be honest, I struggled with the theatrical acting, particularly in the lead (I guess), the young soldier Paul. Sometimes chuckled. I'm a Philistine.
However, that doesn't take away the impact of an anti-warm from from 1930! Really amazing in that regard. The battle scenes were also incredible, particularly the sound design. Rapid tracking(?) shots keeping up with running soldiers' feet, then reversing as the opposing army comes through...that was impressive. So were some creative camera angles (low).
While there have been other WWI films, it's pretty remarkable that in the 84 years since All Quiet on the Western Front came out, none has topped it. Some of that could probably be attributed to the source novel by Erich Maria Remarque, though because I have not read the novel, I can't say how faithful this adaptation may be. Some of the movie's success must of course be attributed to its closeness to the war, coming out only 12 years after the end of the first World War, but before the build-up to the second. In that era, countries had been living through the aftermath of more or less sending a generation to die, so the wound was still…
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