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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front
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ISBN 5050582198133
Title All Quiet on the Western Front [videorecording]
Published Australia : Universal Studios, 2005
Description 1 DVD (ca. 128 mins)
Credits Screen story by George Abbott, Director Lewis Milestone based on novel by Erich Maria Remarque
Performers Lew Ayres, Louise Wolheim, John Wray, Slim Summerville, William Bakewell
Summary Unlike most 'message' films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaption of the Erich Maria Remargue anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilizing for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer declates 'We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all.' All Quiet is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates, and the final shoot of the soldier's hand reaching for a fatal butterfly.
Subjects War
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