The book describes the horrific physical and mental stress suffered by German soldiers, and their feelings of loss and detachment when they returned home from the front. This bothered me, I believed at first that the movie was made poorly, and should have ma Even while under enemy fire, he "mutters propositions in physics".
Releases[ edit ] A complete cut of the film lasting minutes, silent with synchronised sound,  was first shown in Los Angeles on April 21, and premiered in New York on April 25, The strongest voices against Remarque came from the emerging Nazi Party and its ideological allies. The battle scenes in particular are as credible and powerful as anything committed to film before or since.
He also has a "Special Permit," certifying him as sporadically not responsible for his actions due to a head wound, though he is clearly quite sane and exploiting his permit so he can stay in the hospital and away from the war as long as possible.
In one scene, a number of characters engage in a lively debate about who wants the war. Food is scarce, home is a hole in the dirt, and the probability of death is a harsh reality quickly accepted once the bombs start falling, brushing away once eager young men like dust.
Kemmerich is shot in the leg early in the story; his injured leg has to be amputated, and he dies shortly after. The book, published in as Im Westen Nichts Neues, sold 2.
All Quiet on the Western Front is unambiguously anti-war. Kantorek is a hypocrite, urging the young men he teaches to fight in the name of patriotism, while not voluntarily enlisting himself. Lewis Milestone made significant contributions to [the genre of] the war film. It was ahead of its time, too, being the first talking picture to use a giant mobile crane for filming.
He offered the following clarification: He gets out of cover and takes aim on the flamethrower but misses, and gets hit by enemy fire.
It was also nominated for best writing and best cinematography. His father asks him "stupid and distressing" questions about his war experiences, not understanding "that a man cannot talk of such things. On the train back home, Albert takes a turn for the worse and cannot complete the journey, instead being sent off the train to recuperate in a Catholic hospital.
They are then sent on what Paul calls a "good job. The brutal, bloody, pointless nature of trench warfare is italicized during instances like this.
The phrase "all quiet on the Western Front" has become a colloquial expression meaning stagnation, or lack of visible change, in any context. No shying away from the grim horrors of war when it came to the mud soaked trenches.
Its still rough, gritty and somewhat shocking as it offers new perspectives from the last movie version of the story. The night before he is to return from leave, he stays up with her, exchanging small expressions of love and concern for each other.
Albert eventually has his leg amputated, while Paul is deemed fit for service and returned to the front. He is killed later in the book after being shot point-blank in the stomach with a "light pistol" flare gun. There, all is chaos. Certainly not the soldiers, who fight and die.
Perhaps the most moving sequence sees him taking cover in a blast crater during a bombardment, knifing a French soldier in self-defense only to later beg his forgiveness as the man dies over the better part of a day.
Finally, when an injury allows him to return home for a brief time, he cuts short the furlough to go back to the trenches - the only place he now considers to be "home.
The battles are good but not overly grand whilst the waste of life, cheapness of life, desolation and despair is well conceived throughout. The same explosion also fatally wounds Leer.
Just as harrowing as the gunfire and shrapnel is the time spent on leave, both official and not: Some of the early Oscar winners The Broadway Melody and Cimarron come to mind were less than worthy of their Best Picture designations.
He is very popular with women; when he and his comrades meet three French women, he is the first to seduce one of them. The soldiers decided that the officials who started the war should be the ones fighting each other, and the rest of the people should be able to stay out of it.- All’s Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone’s “All’s Quiet on the Western Front”, based on Erich Remarque’s novel, is an incredibly disturbing and effective anti-war film.
The grainy black and white film is still not outdated and carries a breathtaking initial impact. Title: All Quiet on the Western Front Author: Garry Wills Subject: film essay for "All Quiet on the Western Front" Keywords: All Quiet on the Western Front, film essay, National Film Registry, Library of Congress, Garry Wills, Civilization magazine, Lewis Milestone, Lew.
Though offbeat and with superb production value, the TV remake of "All Quiet On The Western Front" is fair watch, but could be greatly improved, were it to drop slowness and length, aswell as Director: Delbert Mann.
All Quiet On The Western Front - (Re-release Trailer) The third Academy Award for Best Picture went to this searing saga of a young German soldier in World War I. View the TCMDb entry for All Quiet on the Western Front (). May 25, · The life of the soldier is a simple one in All Quiet on the Western Front.
Food is scarce, home is a hole in the dirt, and the probability of death is a harsh reality quickly accepted once the bombs start falling, brushing away once eager young men like dust.
Erich Maria Remarque’s novel 4/4. All Quiet on the Western Front is a American epic pre-Code war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name.
Directed by Lewis Milestone, it stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander. All Quiet on the Western Front opened to wide acclaim in the United States.Download