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All Quiet on the Western Front, which is hailed nine decades on as one of the greatest anti-war films ever made, opened in America on April 29,to strong reviews.
The film was denounced by Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's future propaganda minister, who publicly burned Remarque's novel.
There were street riots generated by Nazi gangs and Goebbels broke up the Berlin premiere screening by throwing stink bombs and releasing mice and sneezing powder into the cinema. A few weeks later, the picture was banned as "prejudicial to German national prestige".
Swiss cinemas across the border organised buses and trains to bring German citizens to see it.
The film, which is being re-adapted for another new version in by Roger Donaldson, won two Oscars — for outstanding production Carl Laemmle Jr was the producer and best director Lewis Milestone.
It was also nominated for best writing and best cinematography. 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.
The book, published in as Im Westen Nichts Neues, sold 2. But the novel, and its sequel The Road Back, were banned and burned by the Nazis.
The film was also banned in Italy, Austria, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and New Zealand, and aroused outrage in France, where there were protests over its depiction of French women of loose morals.
It was ahead of its time, too, being the first talking picture to use a giant mobile crane for filming. As the shells demolish the underground bunkers, you can't help but be struck by the shrieks of fear and the incessant rat-tat-tat of machine guns, fizzing trench mortars and whining shells.
Milestone really shows the terror of what it must have been like to have been a soldier in the so-called Great War. There is a staginess to some of the acting but the film was a reasonably early example of a "talkie", when actors were still adapting to life after the silent movie.
One of Kropp's legs has been amputated and like so many others who suffer the fate in war of having a leg blown off he still believes that he can feel his toes and sense pain, a condition now known as phantom limb syndrome.
In addition, it's hard not to be moved by the scene in which Ayres carries a wounded comrade from the battlefield not realising he has died. And you can't help but be appalled by the ghastly Professor Kantorek and the impassioned speeches he gives about the glory of serving in the Army, speeches that persuade so many boys who are little more than children to sign up for war.
All Quiet on the Western Front remains an essential piece of social history and a heart-wrenching film, one described as "inspirational" by Steven Spielbergwho said it helped inspire his direction of Saving Private Ryan.All Quiet on the Western Front is the definitive World War I motion picture, the best of a surprisingly small class of movies.
Despite being overshadowed in history by the conflict of the late s and early s, The Great War was the subject of many films produced between the two massive.
All that is heard is the fire of a rifle and then a cut to Baumers hands as they react and his body slumps into the mud, possibly more effective and harrowing than the original 's timberdesignmag.comry: Drama. Nov 06, · The overwhelming message is that war for war's sake is wrong. It damages the lives of young men beyond what most people can understand.
The film shows how propaganda and patriotism are used to romanticize war and argues for a more realistic understanding of fighting.3/5. I find often times when movie makers try to remake an all time classic they usually fall well short of the original.
That is not the case with this remake of one of the greatest all time war movies "All Quiet on the Western Front" which came out in the s in black and white. All Quiet on the Western Front () IMDb min NR Subtitles and Closed Captions One of the most influential anti-war films ever made, this drama follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are sent to the Western Front.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT remains one of the most effective anti-war films ever made, and it is one of the only American films to portray Germans in a sympathetic light.
The centerpiece of the film is Lew Ayres’ performance as Paul.