All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

DVD - 2007
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A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, [2007], ©2007
Edition: Full screen format (1.33first)
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Al
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Not rated

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CircMary Aug 01, 2017

This is one of the greatest war films ever - in black & white or color. Based on the book that was published in 1929, the film is as pertinent today as when it was made. This deeply moving story is told from the point of view of a young German soldier, which gives WWI a new perspective. A must-view for anyone interested in the history of film.

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swyckl
May 06, 2017

I enjoyed this WW1 war DVD. It showed in a realistic way what war is really like. It is from a German perspective. It shows how the young were brainwashed at a young age. They were told to fight in a war without being told why they were fighting. Many of them did not want to be there. As the Germans were loosing the war, the soldiers were children. They had no armory, food or protection from the elements. The generals thought of them as expendable. It shows how bad war is. I feel it is important not to forget this lesson so it will not be repeated. The story was strong. It was well acted. It seemed realistic. You may feel sad watching this movie as I did.

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obadiah11
Apr 03, 2017

Soldiers went through hell during WW1. They basically were human practice targets as the world engaged in its first modern war. To make it even worse, the causes for the start of WW1 are still kind of vague and the end of it was incredibly pathetic as commanders still sent soldiers to their death until the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This great movie captures on a small scale what these heroes had to endure. This film is still relevant today and is a must see.

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msemos
Nov 25, 2015

a classic well worth watching.

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AQUILEA777
Nov 08, 2015

Condemns the delusion of military glory, now most applicable to ourselves.

fr1770 Apr 05, 2015

Depressing to see what soldiers went through; folks back at home never had a clue what was going on at the front lines.

EmilyBoban Feb 08, 2015

We watched this in History Class, it's really sad, it sincerely makes one reflect upon our soldiers and what they went though.

aaa5756 Sep 12, 2014

Sound and Very well done old school war movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater. No falling asleep on this one!!!!!

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alpaca85
Jul 16, 2013

I read the book of All Quiet on the Western Front a while ago. I remember really liking it, but by the time I got around to watching the movie, I'd forgotten most of it. From the very first frame of this film I instantly recalled the tone set by the book, and passages blazed through my mind like wildfire. I was shocked by what I saw. I thought that this was going to be a toothless, nonviolent, smaller war film. Sure it could have an anti-war message, but there's no way it's like Paths of Glory, right?

Wrong. Absolutely wrong. I'd forgotten that the production code didn't come into effect until 1934, so this movie could have shots of men being blown apart, and a shot of two severed hands swinging from a rifle. I'd also forgotten that this movie was at the very beginning of the sound era, when people cared about imagery still. But don't worry, by the end of the film I remembered. This was a movie that's decades ahead of it's time. It has more in common with Saving Private Ryan than any bloated war epic up until that time. And it not only shows us a unique side of war, it goes one higher and shows us the German perspective.

It's about a young boy in 1914 era Germany. He's impassioned to join the army and fight for the fatherland. Eventually, he slowly becomes more and more cynical, to the point where he becomes immune to the violence, and it's all he has left to hang onto. It's brutal to watch, and really shocking considered how it was made nearly 80 years ago, and the themes still hold up today. It breaks up war, stripping it down to it's most basic principals. There are scenes that feel as horrible as the real thing. When a man gets shot in the face, his eyes get black and he screams in the most horrifying and realistic way I have ever seen on film. He flops on the ground before dying, and the soldiers keep marching over him.

If anyone is to be sent to war, films like this, Paths of Glory and Come and See should be essential viewing. Films that strip away all the glory and honour, and shows us the closest reality to actual warfare. I don't know how director Lewis Milestone did it, but the stark cinematography makes the brutality of war more apparent on film than I have seen since I saw Come and See. The last shot is just gorgeous and horrifying at the same time. Sure, the dialogue can seem a little off and preachy at times, but the scenes in the trenches and hospitals, and back at home are a dark reminder of the battles and the men in them.

It doesn't help that the film chooses to base itself on WWI, possibly the most horrifying war in recent memory. The film never shies away from the reality of the fight and all the scars are shown. The trenches seem straight out of the Civil War, but the guns and the bombs are all too modern. It's a sobering experience to watch All Quiet on the Western Front. Sure the film is not without the problems. Like I said above, the dialogue can start to get wooden and preachy during the talky scenes, but given the fact that sound in cinema was only three years old, it's a miracle it turned out as well as it did. The film is also kind of long, but those are minor concerns.

While this isn't a masterpiece like other anti war films like Come and See, Ivan's Childhood or Paths of Glory, it's message is one that has not dated, and probably never will. It's a wonder a studio in Hollywood had the guts to do this movie, but I'm incredibly glad they did. It's one that resonates just as the book did, and one I wholeheartedly recommend, if only for the last few scenes. You won't regret it.

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akirakato
Apr 24, 2013

This is a 131-minute American war film directed by Lewis Milestone in 1930, based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name.
The men of Second Company return from the battle and line up for a meal.
The cook refuses to feed them because he wants the entire company to arrive.
The men explain that this is all that is left of the company---80 of the original 150---and the cook refuses to give them all the food he has prepared.
An argument follows and violence seems imminent when an officer arrives and orders the cook to give all the food to the men.
The men start out eating greedily, but then settle into a satiated torpor.
They hear that they are to return to the front the next day and begin a semi-serious discussion about the causes of the war and of wars in general.
One of the soldiers speaks familiarly about himself and the Kaiser.
They speculate about whether it is the Kaiser or the manufacturers that need the war.
Well ... this argument still applies to today's situation.
The Kaiser might be Geroge W. Bush and the manufacturers might be the military–industrial–congressional complex, that is, the American Establishment.
In 1990, the film was selected and preserved by the United States Library of Congress' National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
I think the American Establishment should watch this film over and over again.

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aaa5756 Jul 15, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Jul 15, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2013

Title card: "This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war..."

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2013

Schoolmaster: "If you remember some deed of heroism; some touch of humility -- tell about it." Paul Bäumer: "I can't tell you anything you don't know... We live in the trenches out there... We fight... We try not to be killed... Sometimes we are... That's all..." Schoolmaster: "No! ...No, Paul!" Paul Bäumer: "I've been there! I know what it's like!" Schoolmaster: "But that's not what one dwells on, Paul!" Paul Bäumer: "I heard you in here reciting that same old stuff -- Making more "Iron Men"; more young heroes... You still think it's beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don't you? Well, we used to think you knew. The first bombardment taught us better. So dirty, and painful to die for your country... When it comes to dying for your country, it's better not to die at all! There are millions out there dying for their countries... And what good is it..."

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