All quiet on the western front

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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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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auth_author2 Abbott, George, 1887-1995,, Abbott, George, 1887-1995., Adams, Edgar, 1898-1931,, Alexander, Ben, 1911-1969,, Alexander, Richard, 1902-1989,, Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959,, Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959., Andrews, Del, 1894-1942,, Ayres, Lew, 1908-1996,, Ayres, Lew, 1908-1996., Bakewell, William, 1908-, Bakewell, William, 1908-1993,, Breese, Edmund,, Broekman, David, 1899-1958,, Collins, G. Pat 1895-1959,, Davis, Owen, 1907-1949,, Edeson, Arthur, 1891-1970,, Gleason, Russell, 1907-1945,, Goodwin, Harold, 1902-1987,, Hall, Charles D., 1888-1970,, Kolk, Scott,, Laemmle, Carl, Jr., 1908-1979,, Laemmle, Carl, Jr., 1908-1979., Lucy, Arnold, 1865-1945,, Mercer, Beryl, 1876-1939,, Milestone, Lewis, 1895-1980,, Milestone, Lewis, 1895-1980., Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.,, Rogers, Walter Browne, 1906-1943,, Schmitt, W. R.,, Summerville, Slim, 1892-1946,, Summerville, Slim, 1892-1946., Wolheim, Louis,, Wolheim, Louis., Wray, John, 1887-1940,, Wray, John, 1887-1940.
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display_description "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. . ." Title screens. 1914. War has broken out in Europe. A group of German college students are convinced to enlist after their teacher, Professor Kantorek, gives an impassioned speech about the honor of dying for their Fatherland. Paul Ba?umer--sent to the Western Front where the fighting is most severe--is soon stripped of illusions about war being glorious. There is nothing but fear, pain, and the randomness of death. Paul is the sole survivor of his group and when he returns home, he denounces the war and his professor. Returned to the action, Paul tries to cope with the incessant fear that eats away at a soldier's insides, turning them hollow and empty.
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subject_facet American Film Institute 100 greatest American movies, Feature films, Film adaptations, Germany -- Drama, Soldiers -- Germany -- Drama, Video recordings for the hearing impaired, War -- Psychological aspects -- Drama, War films, World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Western Front -- Drama, World War, 1914-1918 -- Drama, World War, 1914-1918 -- Germany -- Drama, World War, 1914-1918 -- Psychological aspects -- Drama
title_display All quiet on the western front
title_full All quiet on the western front / Carl Laemmle presents ; novel by Erich Maria Remarque ; a Universal-International presentation ; produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. ; adaptation and dialogue, Maxwell Anderson ; screenplay, George Abbott ; adaptation, Del Andrews ; directed by Lewis Milestone, All quiet on the western front [videorecording] / Universal-International ; produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. ; directed by Lewis Milestone ; dialogue by Maxwell Anderson and George Abbott ; adaptation by Maxwell Anderson ; screen story by George Abbott
title_short All quiet on the western front
topic_facet Campaigns, Feature films, Psychological aspects, Soldiers, War, War films, World War, 1914-1918
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