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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…
War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothin. Say it again.
Over at r/truefilm, we have a theme each month with a list of movies we talk about. This month's theme is The Great War and focuses on films about World War I. Last week we watched La Grande Illusion, and this week it's the 1930 talkie All Quiet on the Western Front. I specify "talkie" because this film came out when sound in film was incredibly infant, and there was actually a silent and talkie version of this film released. The greatest fault of this film is in it's sound execution. It is interesting to see how sound was used in these early days. Often sound queues are off or entirely missing. Most notably to me was a scene in…
Still as good an relevant today as it was in 1930. It doesn't hold back and covers many different aspects of the folly of war.
It has everything from the fever of nationalism to the chaos and futility of trench warfare to the psychological effect of shelling to the sheltered nature of those behind the lines to the absurdity of enforced hierarchy to the contrast between those who fight the war and the elites who start it.
One of the most fascinating scenes is that of the soldier who fatally wounds his enemy with his bayonet while they take shelter in a crater. He is then forced by artillery to spend the night in the crater with the dying Frenchman…
Amazing cinematography and visual composition. From the opening shot which segues from a parade into a classroom with the parade seen through the windows in the background to stunning recreations of battle, the dynamic, detailed mise en scene is a wonder to behold. The story follows a group of friends and acquaintances through WWI. Performances are occasionally a little stilted, but not often and not much. There are effective dramatic and tender moments in a film that explores the dehumanizing horror and drudgery of war.
It's amazing how timeless it is, even as you can see how the opening scene was stolen by Starship Troopers and a thousand other films. Hard to believe it's an early talkie, it's so assured and brilliantly done.
Most intense war movie I’ve seen so far. Wow.
Funny thing is that I totally wasn’t prepared for that. I actually just saw the movie because I thought you should have seen it once in your live.
Wrong, it’s amazing. It could be released tomorrow and all the people would wonder about is why the quality of the sound is so 1930s.
Never have I seen a movie that has moved me in such a way as this. The horrors of war are so clear, and the contrast between the good and the bad moments of life make it for a heart-wrenching experience. Definitely one of my favorite films.
By far the greatest American anti-war propaganda film of all time.
I'm not even kidding. 84 years later, the messages still ring painfully true and the scenes may be blatant, but its heart is in the right place... and it pays off immensely.
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.
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