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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.…
Winning The Academy’s ‘Best Picture’ award only two years prior, William A. Wellman’s ‘Wings’ gently brought to light the tragedies of The Great War, but remained too close to traditional beliefs that it ultimately failed to make a significant impact. Only with the coming of sound was Lewis Milestone able to fully enlist the audience in the thundering hells of the same war, with 1930’s infamous ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ – a raw, unforgiving, bold and frighteningly honest illustration of war.
Adapted from German author Erich Maria Remarque’s original novel, Lewis Milestone helms the soul-crushing tale of Paul (Lew Ayres), a young German soldier, who, like so many of his fellow classmates, chose to fight for his country…
"You still think it's beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don't you? We used to think you knew. The first bombardment taught us better."
★ Cinematography and/or Use of Camera
★ Sound and/or Score
★ Story pt. I: Plot and Characters
★ Story pt. 2: Personal Affection (100% subjective)
Jag är glad over att filmen gjordes innan Technicolor uppfanns. Den svartvita paletten speglar filmens dystra ton perfekt.
Ljudeffekterna i filmen används flitigt, varje granat, gevärsskot och dödsskri känns i benmärgen och får hjärtat att bulta.
Väldigt välkoreograferade krigsscener.
I wrote a review for this film in my blog. cabzilla06.blogspot.com/2015/03/it-has-become-quiet-on-wester-front.html
An early cross-off-the-list classic. But I wanna watch it again after reading about its fascinating place in the history of Universal Studios, which rarely pursued this kinda thing.
This isn’t the first war film we’ve watched on the podcast and it certainly won’t be the last as war is perhaps one of cinema’s greatest fascinations. But among what we have watched in the war genre, this ranks pretty high for me, perhaps just under The Big Parade. What I liked about The Big Parade was the human element and the romantic one. All Quiet on the Western Front, however, goes for realism all the way.
I liked how it started like some of these other films we’ve seen where everyone is all too eager to head off to war. But there…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The movie focuses on a class of high school boys, who are egged on by their teacher to join the war effort as soldiers to defend the Fatherland, Germany. The boys all join and look forward to being soldiers. One of their leaders also happened to be their mailman so no one takes him seriously.
Then, we get into the actual warfare, and the boys realize that with all the talk about how great it is to defend the Fatherland, no one said it was terrifying and filled with explosions. People are losing limbs left and right, and other people get blown to pieces right before their eyes. None of this was done for just shock value, it's meant to…
Lewis Milestone anti-war film that was far ahead of its time and surprisingly pulls few punches for a Hollywood film produced in the 30's. Much more honest, gritty and influential than anticipated.
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…
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