All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

quiet“You still think it’s beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it’s better not to die at all.” – Paul Baumer

Number of Times Seen – 1  (19 Jun 2013)

Brief Synopsis – World War I as seen thru the eyes of a young German teenager who fights in the trenches.

My Take on it – I was very skeptical before I saw this movie, but was pleasantly surprised at how captivating it was.

I have seen old movies before {Birth of a Nation (1915), Numerous Chaplin films}, but I had never expected that there was a movie from 1930 that would be made in such an grandiose fashion.

This movie apparently uses thousands of extras for it’s numerous battlefield sequences that depict in detail the horrors of the trench warfare during WWI.

Like many other war movies, this movie is in essence an anti-war movie trying to show how pointless war is by illustrating the horrors that soldiers went thru.

This movie was made a mere 12 years after WWI ended and it resonates the affects that the war had on society at the time.

What the producers didn’t know at the time was that within a decade the next great war would break out and once again millions would die again for nothing.

This movie was the precursor of modern movie epics.

My only criticism of this movie is that it is quite difficult to differentiate between many of the characters.

Winner of 2 Oscars (Best Picture and Director) It lost Cinematography and Writing.

Bottom Line – Great war movie, very well done especially for a movie made in 1930. Recommended

Rating – Globe Worthy

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