All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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…
I really did not expect a movie of this time to have itself together so well. The decision to show the German side of the war is so different and interesting in that it did not draw attention to that fact. It did not scream "See? These are the ENEMIES." It was simply men and boys in war, suffering and uniting for country and in the end for each other. I wish there were more films of this era, untouched by the influence of WWII and the subsequent effects on war film.
Oh how I love this story! All Quiet on the Western Front is the adaptation of one of my all-time favourite novels. To me, the book is close to being the definitive (anti-)war story. The adaptation might not achieve the same level of excellence, but it is still better than most war movies that have come out in the following 85 years.
Disjointed but well intentioned war epic. Although it has not dated particularly well as a piece of filmmaking, its message is an important one that still applies today.
It's crazy to see:
- a film feel so fresh and raw to the events.
- a war film without the influence of WWII or WWII films.
- a film so old to still be so effective and impacting in it's production and execution.
- a film that not only focuses on, but humanises and protagonises the enemy.
But I'm not sure if it's crazier that we didn't learn the futility of war so soon after, or that we still haven't learned the futility of war.
Day 42 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 6: Lest We Forget.
Yes, Remembrance Day is on its way, so let us honour those who fell in the most unfair manner of all.
Based on the 1929 novel of the same name, All Quiet on the Western Front is deservedly one of the greatest war films, if not the greatest anti-war film, in all of cinematic history. So honest and frank in its depiction of war and, more importantly, one of the few great, known war films to be told from the German perspective. Yet, in spite of all this, and I do truly appreciate the film's cultural and historical significance, I can't help but be…
Qué película más dura, joder. Aunque algunas veces la actuación es poco creíble, en todos los demás aspectos es sublime, sobre todo para ser una película de 1930 y por consiguiente, con los medios de la época. La mejor película anti-bélica que he visto nunca. Y qué dura, me cago en mi vida.
One of the best anti-war films ever. Great performances, terrific story and perfect script.
Timeless and still relevant today unfortunately.
Filled with grisly details, a completely merciless attitude, and a complete lack of conventional plot.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…