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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…
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.
There are no words.
The arms on the wire. The hysterical soldiers. The horrible truth about war.
4.5 scarily poignant looks at war from almost 100 years ago out of 5.
Despite getting a little preachy and heavy handed at times, All Quiet really is a fantastic war film and probably about as good as it could have been in 1930 USA. The combat scenes are shocking and brutal, and really serve to illustrate the futility of war as we see one army advance and take an enemy trench, then retreat back to their own trench with a lot less men and no land gained. It genuinely looks like documentary footage at times and while the performances are a little too "thirties-y" for my taste, everyone gets the job done. A very important film, Hitler hated this and the book it was based on for a reason. Would you want to fight a war after seeing something like this?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Based on a novel and probably one of the most realistic war films I have ever see. WW1 is the setting for this unusual look at life for German troops on the front line. Its unusual because its a 30's American film focusing on German soldiers and not the more obvious Allies of Britain, France and Russia.
Starting off much like 'Full Metal Jacket' the film covers a group (a class fresh out of school) of young German lads ready to join the ranks and fight for their country. From here on we follow them through harsh training and into battle where they very quickly realise the horrors of war. One by one they are killed off as the film…
I am STUNNED by how well this film holds up. There are some beats in this - the explosion that demolishes a soldier to nothing more than a pair of hands gripping barbed wire, the mournful shuffle of two working legs in a pair of boots descending the stairs as two boots now useless to their wearer are slowly lowered into frame, the surprisingly sophisticated, wry, resigned humor throughout - that are so bracingly ahead-of-their-time it's amazing this film was recognized for its brilliance upon its release.
In the wake of the previous year's winner (the execrable Broadway Melody), this feels like a complete game-changer. A seismic shift in the way motion pictures are crafted. Something I could see being…
There's only like one good actor in this movie - his name is Louis Wolheim, by the way. But it says the same message that Kurt Vonnegut has and that every other war writer and war movie has set to deliver - that men send boys off to their deaths and they never stop doing it.
A very grim and authentic account of WWI. The battle scenes are masterfully shot and the film effectively sets a tone of dread. That being said, the music and a few superfluous moments get in the way of an otherwise outstanding film.
As time turns, many a film feels aged and dated, certainly asking to be forgotten (like the worst of Oscar bait). From the silent era, many films come off hokey. Few have actually meant more over time - like 'Modern Times' or 'Metropolis'. 'All Quiet on the Western Front' joins the elite too.
Milestone's masterpiece is about as anti-war as anti-war can be. The only thing more horrifying than the fantastic battle scenes are the trauma that follows. There's not much in the way of characters, but it's not about the Peters, Pauls, and Marys. 'All Quiet on the Western Front' is meant for all people as a cautionary tale - the people in the film aren't exclusive, they could be anyone and everyone.
I don't want to say I loved it, because it's a very hard film to love. However, I admire Milestone's unflinching direction and bold ideas, with its ambition equaling execution. It's a testament to fantastic filmmaking.
Eric Maria Remarque's novel has been among my favorites for years, which begs the question as to why it took me so long to get around to seeing the acclaimed silent film adaptation. Luckily, it was on TCM last night, and I happened, thanks to a friend's heads-up, to tune in just as the credits were beginning to roll.
This is an excellent adaptation, and one of my new favorite films. I knocked a half-star off only because there were a couple sequences I thought were less interesting than others and didn't necessarily need to be in the movie, but it's a realistic possibility that I'll watch the film again, discover newfound purpose in those scenes, and bump my rating…
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