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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Lewis Milestone | 1930 | 152 MINS
USA
The 1930 original film. A German youth eagerly enters World War I, but his enthusiasm wanes as he gets a first-hand view of the horror.

In Detail

Stirred by the speeches of glory and service by the teacher, a core group of young students in their teens, led by Lew Ayre's Paul, take their wide eyes and youthful passion to blindly join the war cause. After a speedy basic training spent hating their local postmaster who's also their drill sergeant in the army, the crew gets their combat dream wishes and are sent to the front.

Shattered quickly by the horrors of war, that dreamy lustre wears off for the boys very quickly. This film's resonance has not diminished with time or changing movie tastes and it remains the definitive anti-war movie.

Also showing: All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)

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