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Title:
All quiet on the western front
ISBN:
9780783230436

0025193236821

9780025193239

9785193236825
Distribution:
Universal City, CA : Distibuted by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Publication:
Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Corporation, [2007]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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General Note:
Film restored by The Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center.

Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1930.

Based on the novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.
Contents:
Special features: Introduction [by Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies] (3 min.); Trailer (3 min.).
Summary:
"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 Bäumer--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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MPAA Rating: Not rated.
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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