All Quiet on the Western Front

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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of world war I.


Studio Universal
SKU 203448409
UPC 025193236821
UPC 14 00025193236821
Format DVD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
World War I
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
USA Today "...The third best-picture Oscar winner is still one of the best movies to have won the award..." 01/15/1999 p.11E
Total Film "...Few films have conveyed the confusion, brutality and senseless sacrifice of organised conflict more vividly than Lewis Milestone's monochrome masterpiece..." 03/01/2001 p.106
Uncut "It resonates with a sense of contempt for battle that has never been captured before or since." 12/01/2003 p.150
Lewis Milestone
John Wray
Louis Wolheim
Russell Gleason
Lew Ayres
Cast & Crew
Arthur Edeson - Cinematographer
Carl Laemmle, Jr. - Producer
David Broekman - Original Music By
Edgar Adams, et. al. - Editor
Erich Maria Remarque - Based On Novel By
George Abbott, et. al. - Screenplay
Karl Freund - Cinematographer
Lew Ayres - Actor
Lewis Milestone - Director
Louis Wolheim - Actor
Sam Perry - Original Music By
Slim Summerville - Actor
William Bakewell - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1930
Catalog ID 61032368
UPC 00025193236821
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 132 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Winner (1930) Oscar, Lewis Milestone, Best Director,Oscar, All Quiet on The Western Front, Best Picture
Nominee (1930) Oscar, Arthur Edeson, Best Cinematography,Oscar, George Abbott, et. al., Best Writing, Achievement
Review You don't have to drag yourself all the way to the '70s to find a solid anti-war movie. One of the best actually dates back to the early days of sound, when World War I was still on people's minds. All Quiet on the Western Front is a masterpiece of the genre, alternating brilliant battle scenes with heartfelt moments of emotion, as one soldier learns firsthand about the horrors of war. He later preaches peace while everyone around him calls him a coward and a traitor. Heavy stuff, especially for 1930.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, French
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Clint Morris A classic and then some.
TV Guide's Movie Guide Peraps the greatest antiwar film ever made.

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