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All Quiet on the Western Front
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Overview - Lewis Milestone's adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war novel is a masterpiece whose power to disturb remains undiminished by the passage of time. The film stars Lew Ayres as the young Paul Bauman, who, along with a group of his teenaged classmates, are conscripted into the German army during WWI.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Lewis Milestone's adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war novel is a masterpiece whose power to disturb remains undiminished by the passage of time. The film stars Lew Ayres as the young Paul Bauman, who, along with a group of his teenaged classmates, are conscripted into the German army during WWI. The youths quickly realize that the patriotic hogwash they had been fed by their schoolmaster has absolutely has nothing to do with the horror they observe and experience on the front lines.

Awards:
1930 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1930 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner

Cast List

William R. Schmidt - Art Director\1930s
Charles D. Hall - Production Designer
John Wray
David Broekman - American Composer\D. 1958
Louis Wolheim - American Character Actor
George Abbott - Playwright/Prod./Director
Del Andrews - Screenwriter
Carl Laemmle - Producer
Lewis Milestone - American director/screenwriter
Lev Milstein - American director/screenwriter
Russell Gleason - American Actor
Edgar Adams - Editor\1930s
Karl Freund - German-American Director Of Photography/Director
Frank H. Booth
Lew Ayres - American actor, JOHNNY BELINDA
Lewis Ayer - American actor, JOHNNY BELINDA
Milton Carruth - American Editor\1950s
Erich Maria Remarque - German Novelist
Arthur Edeson

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 132
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 025193236821
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: February 2007

Related Categories:
Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Vintage
War
World War I
Tragedy
Recommended
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Still widely regarded as the best war film ever made, director Lewis Milestone's adaptation of the Remarque WWI novel is clearly his masterpiece, a searing indictment of the insanity of war. Starring Lew Ayres as the young Paul Bauman, the film focuses on the fates of the boy and his classmates, who have enlisted to fight in the German army during WWI. Still on fire with the patriotism instilled by their teacher, Kantorek (Arnold Lucy), they arrive for training, eager to face death. When they reach the front lines, the realize that the German troops have few supplies and no food. Sgt. Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim), briefs the recruits on how to avoid getting killed, but on the first night, one of them gets shot. The carnage of the battle shocks the boys, and some are driven mad. Day after day, the recruits huddle in the trenches, frightened, starving, and unable to gain ground, realizing that it is not glorious to die for one's fatherland. This powerfully affecting film is brilliantly directed and written, and generally well acted despite some dated elements. Milestone's magnificent crane and tracking shots of the battlefields surely owe something to the work of Karl Freund, arguably the finest cinematographer in film history.

Notes:
Theatrical release: April 29, 1930. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990. Future director George Cukor acted as dialogue director. Future director Fred Zinnemann appeared as an extra. Reaction to the film in Germany led to Remarque's immigration to the United States. The film was restored to its full 132 minutes in 1987. Estimated budget: $1.25 million. The film received much attention for being one of the largest-scale talkies to date (1930).

Reviews:
"...The third best-picture Oscar winner is still one of the best movies to have won the award..." - 01/15/1999 USA Today, p.11E


"...Few films have conveyed the confusion, brutality and senseless sacrifice of organised conflict more vividly than Lewis Milestone's monochrome masterpiece..." - 03/01/2001 Total Film, p.106


"It resonates with a sense of contempt for battle that has never been captured before or since." - 12/01/2003 Uncut, p.150

 
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