All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) IMDb

Categorization

Realistic portrayal of trench warfare from the point of view of an “enemy” soldier.

Subject

Jolly school boys sign up to fight for das Vaterland in the War to End All Wars.

Commentary

Apart from various technical aspects this could be modern, despite having been filmed in such early days of sound cinema. Overrated acting. I recommend Andrew Kelly’s book about the film.

References here: The Big Parade (1925).

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Based on the same novel:

All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) IMDb

Commentary

Fresh memories of Vietnam do nothing for this production. The differences are small and partly counterproductive (the jumps in time simply damage identification; Ernest Borgnine is fat). Some nice additions, such as the explanation of the title, diapers and Paul’s “dreamer” nature, fail to make this more worthwhile than the historically significant original. Surprisingly, there is no increase in gore: the Production Code which fell in 1967 was only just approved, not yet reinforced, in 1930, yet neither film is gruesome.

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