My Overall Thoughts:
All Quite on the Western Front is a great movie that is well before it’s time due mostly to the scope of the way that this film was made.
- 5. – The Love Parade – Another unbearable Chevalier film. The story itself was too much of a farce. The characters aren’t developed well enough at all and you just want it to end as soon as it starts. Yet another film that baffles me as to how it was chosen to get a Best Picture nomination that year let alone 5 other nominations. Thankfully, they were smart enough not to award this film any of them.
- 4. – The Divorcee – Definitely deals with some very risque situations that I wouldn’t have suspected would be film back during the early days of film. Shearer does a wonderful job in the lead as a woman constantly torn by the decisions she must make in life over and over. She deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actress for this role because we can really feel who internal struggles even when those around her act hypocritical when faced with similar situations.
- 3. – The Big House – Interesting look at the way that prison life was perceived back then. The story moves along well and is definitely a precursor for many future prison films.
- 2. – Disraeli – Great biopic that was one of the first of its kind. The main character is developed so well that we easily understand why he does all that he does for Queen and country despite the prejudices against him from many all around him. Arliss is great in this role and truly carries the entire film with his beautiful delivery of such exquisite dialogue. He was a very worthy winner of the first Oscar for playing a real life figure. Goes to show that politics will always be politics no matter what time and place.
- 1. – All Quiet on the Western Front – Great war movie, very well done especially for a movie made in 1930.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes! This is a year that they definitely got it right because AQoTWF is an amazing film ahead of its time.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!