This matches the same back story as shown in. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. Paul receives seventeen days of leave and goes home to see his family. Before he died in 1980, Milestone requested that Universal fully restore the film with the removal of the end music cue. The film is extremely powerful, emotional and perhaps too realistic.
The men cry, wet their pants, shriek in terror, and watch their comrades die pointless deaths. But the film is also heavy-handed in getting its message across, which occasionally undermines its message. In the end, the darkness of war wins out. That said, it's still intense and not for kids, though older teens can probably handle it. I particularly like the portrayals of Himmelstoss and Kat; Ernest Borgnine is outstanding in his role. He learns that his mother is dying of cancer and that Kantorek has been conscripted as a soldier, from which he derives a certain cold satisfaction. I think it's only because of that conveyed the horror of the battlefield on the face of the main character.
An aerial attack wounds Kat, and Paul tries to carry him to safety, but another bomb kills Kat. All Quiet on the Western Front was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1990. The film depicts post-traumatic stress disorder way before there was a name for it, and shows men crying, frightened, and under enormous stress, which is unusual for a movie of this time. The book, published in 1929 as Im Westen Nichts Neues, sold 2. During its brief run in German cinemas in the early 1930s, Nazi brownshirts under the command of disrupted the viewings by setting off stink bombs, throwing sneezing powder in the air and releasing white mice in the theaters, eventually escalating to attacking audience members perceived to be Jewish and forcing projectors to shut down.
Afterward, Paul goes to visit Kemmerick in the field hospital. Once they hit real action, however, the reality of war sets in. A decade later, after the same organization polled over 1,500 workers in the creative community, All Quiet on the Western Front was ranked the seventh-best American. Have family members been involved in wars -- either in the military or protesting against war? It was the first sound film talkie directed by. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. When he returns to his company, Paul recounts the incident to his friends, who try to console him.
Not everything is about Paul, but through his character we can understand the essence. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The men start out eating greedily, but then settle into a satiated. And we sleep and eat with death. The main message of the film is the absurdity of war. This incident and the violent deaths of his friends convince Paul that war is a senseless exercise.
Kat is killed when a piece of shrapnel slices his head open while Paul is carrying him to safety. The new soldiers are assigned to a unit composed of older soldiers, who are not exactly accommodating. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused. This is an English language film made in America adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. © 1930 Universal Pictures The movie begins in a small German town in 1914.
However, controversy would attend the film's subject matter elsewhere, including Europe. Ben Alexander, Lew Ayres and Louis Wolheim. Disillusioned and angry, Paul returns to the front and comes upon another 2nd company that is filled with new young recruits who are now disillusioned; he is then happily greeted by Tjaden. As the original group shrinks, due to death and serious injury, the morale of the group sinks to horrible lows. Himmelstoss arrives at the front; when the men see him, Tjaden insults him. Originally thinking war would be a great adventure, Paul and his friends discover exactly the opposite as the war drags on and one by one the members of the class are killed in action until only Paul remains. It's World War I in Germany, and soldiers are marching through the streets, rallying young students to join the war effort.
This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The harsh reality of the Western Front is all what we need to see. After 22 years, the quality of my recording is declining markedly, but I don't want to lose the narrative quality of the film. Kropp's leg is amputated, but he does not find out until some time afterwards. Milestone really shows the terror of what it must have been like to have been a soldier in the so-called Great War.
The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality. Paul Baumer is a young German who, along with his graduating high school classmates, enlist in the German Imperial Army during the First World War. He feels awkward and oppressed in his hometown, unable to discuss his traumatic experiences with anyone. When the next battle takes place, Paul and Kropp are wounded and forced to bribe a sergeant-major with cigars in order to be placed on the hospital train together. The film has its share of tension and death, and in the spirit of the novel, manages to convey a sense of desolation, hardship and waste. They have not eaten since breakfast, but the men they have joined have not had food for two days. In a memorable scene, a wounded Paul takes shelter in a crater, only to be joined by a French soldier Raymond Griffith who is also seeking refuge.
However, a version with intertitles was also made, to be shown in theatres that did not yet have equipment for movies with sound and for distribution in non-English-speaking countries. What stories have you heard from family or others about war? In the end they became soldiers and nothing more than that. Tauris, publishers, London and New York, 1998. As he leans out of the trench, he is fatally struck by a bullet. Paul and some of his friends go for a swim, which ends in a rendezvous with a group of French girls. Due to its anti-war and perceived anti- messages, and the banned the film from in the 1930s and early 1940s.