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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.
A vivid and harsh depiction of the life of the soldier in the trenches during WW1...probably the greatest anti-war movie it presents how war sucks much of the humanity out of the individual leaving their simple struggle for survival.
Toma puñetazo en el estómago. Película sin concesiones. La escena en la escuela es memorable. Las batallas dolorosas. Y el sufrimiento real.
A classic war movie with excellent cinematography and some very gritty battle sequences for the time. The only thing I didn't like is that the film is about German soldiers, and not only do they speak English (fine because subtitles would've been hard in the day), but they speak in an American accent. I suppose it could be interpreted as "the "enemy" are just like us", but it rubbed me the wrong way.
A group of boys sit quietly in a classroom as nationalists and patriots parade in the street outside. Their teacher is one himself—he wants the boys to volunteer to fight in the war. He easily persuades them that there is no greater sense of pride than to die for one's country. They are excited and convinced they will return as heroes, leaving to join the celebrations outside. The classroom is left in shambles—papers are strewn everywhere, and the singing from out on the streets echoes through the empty room.
The power of All Quiet on the Western Front comes from contrast. Gambling for bottles of wine as the shelter shakes violently from the force of bombs; men eating and resting…
A classic war film that, while largely dated in many areas, is still gripping and powerful today. Not bad for a movie that's nearly 90 years old!
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?
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!