All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

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Director: Lewis Milestone, Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray

Cast: Lewis Milestone, Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray

     
 

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One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to

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One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale, as Ayres stretches from his trench to catch a butterfly, is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone's direction -- and trivia buffs should note that the actors were coached by future luminary George Cukor, while Ayres became a conscientious objector in World War II. The Road Back (1937) followed, and the film was remade for television in 1979.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
All Quiet on the Western Front, adapted from the Erich Maria Remarque novel, crowned the 1920s cycle of WWI movies (What Price Glory?, Wings), stating its antiwar message so powerfully that it won the Oscar for Best Picture and was eventually banned in Germany by the Nazis. Lew Ayres epitomizes the naive, patriotic German youth transformed into a battle-weary survivor -- a performance that anticipates Charlie Sheen's similar turn in Platoon. In this early sound film, director Lewis Milestone utilized late silent-era techniques -- quick-cutting "Russian Montage," rapid camera movements -- to emphasize the chaos and savagery of the massive infantry assaults that characterized the Great War. By showing combat experiences from the enemy's perspective, the picture humanizes and universalizes the suffering of soldiers on the front line. The ending of the film is a deceptively simple, yet powerful, coda that expresses the movie's theme with such intensity that All Quiet on the Western Front remains the quintessential war movie, 70 years after its release.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
All Quiet on the Western Front is an anti-war message film, unusual because it is told from the viewpoint of German soldiers fighting in World War I. The film has a stark, unrelenting look to its battleground sequences, and as such it represented an increased level of realism in Hollywood films. The film tends to look dated now, and the performances are sometimes very showy and theatrical. And, as can occur with message films, there is occasional descent into maudlin peachiness. However, at its best, All Quiet on the Western Front contains numerous striking and memorable moments -- none more so than the final scene of a doomed soldier's reaching for a butterfly.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
UPC:
0025192129049
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:13:00

Special Features

Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne; Rarely seen "Silent" Version Presented by the Library of Congress; 100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics; 100 Years of Universal: Academy Awards Winners

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lew Ayres Paul Baumer
Louis Wolheim Katczinsky
John Wray Himmelstoss
Raymond Griffith Gerard Duval
George "Slim" Summerville Tjaden
William Bakewell Albert
Russell Gleason Muller
Scott Kolk Leer
Walter Browne Rogers Behm
Ben Alexander Kemmerick
Owen Davis Peter
Harold Goodwin Detering
G. Pat Collins Lieutenant Bertinck
Richard Alexander Westhus
Arnold Lucy Professor Kantorek
Edmund Breese Herr Mayer
Bill Irving Ginger
Marion Clayton Miss Baumer
Beryl Mercer Mrs. Baumer
Edwin Maxwell Mr. Baumer
Yola D'Avril Suzanne
Bertha Mann Sister Libertine
Joan Marsh Poster Girl

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director,Screenwriter
George Abbott Screenwriter
Edgar Adams Editor
Maxwell Anderson Screenwriter
Del Andrews Screenwriter
Frank H. Booth Special Effects
David Broekman Score Composer
Miton Carruth Editor
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Charles Hall Art Director
C. Roy Hunter Sound/Sound Designer
Carl Laemmle Producer
William R. Schmidt Art Director
Nate Watt Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- All Quiet on the Western Front
1. Main Titles [1:59]
2. War Is War [1:30]
3. The Students [6:05]
4. The Soldiers [10:20]
5. To The Front [3:12]
6. Food Patrol [3:09]
7. Under Fire [24:02]
8. Food For 80 [3:27]
9. How To Start A War [11:33]
10. Himmelstoss [5:26]
11. My Enemy [5:25]
12. R&R [8:34]
13. In Hospital [14:45]
14. Home On Leave [8:13]
15. At The Old School [7:02]
16. 2nd Company [6:31]
17. Where's Kat? [3:26]
18. The Butterfly [6:10]

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treeAR More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book very much. However, I did find it confusing and boring at parts in which I could not follow. But I liked this book because it was interesting and Paul had a very open and interesting mind about how he viewed war and life. This book showed wonderful insight on how war really is and the effects it has on a person. I usually don't enjoy war novels but this was very capturing and brought many emotions upon me. When Paul loses his friends in the war, you can feel Paul's pain and longing for his close school friends. You can also feel his joy and love for them as they go through adventures and work together to get more food. While this book I got more insight of what war is really like, instead of history books, this showed what soldiers really felt and did in their time at war, fighting and just waiting for the next attack. In this book, I learned many new things about war, such as stargazes to surviving war. What stood out in this book was that I could really picture what was going on in the book and could see what Paul was seeing. This book also used great words and was interesting due to the fact that there were flashbacks from Paul's life which helped create his character more. The only thing I would probably say this book lacked was describing Paul well in the beginning of the book; I didn't know his name until much later in the book and that sometimes the book went too deep into explaining things, over and over. I would probably recommend this book to any age, because the reading wasn't exactly super easy, but decent.
seattle1985 More than 1 year ago
An incredible movie about how War affects the mind of a young group of boys, one in paticular. When the main character and his friends enlist, they are so excited for honor and glory, but then the reality of war sets in on them. This movie was made so soon after world war 1 that you can really still see the toil it took on people. All of the people in the movie actually lived through the era they are depicting. The acting is fantastic and I dare you not to tear up several times during the movie. I think the scene that shows the interaction between the main character and an enemy soldier in a bomb crater should be shown to anyone who is thinking about going to war.
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