DVD 138 mins IMDB 8.1
All Quiet on the Western Front
Universal Studios (1930)
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Action, Drama, War
USA  /  English

Louis Wolheim Kat Katczinsky
Lew Ayres Paul Bäumer
John Wray Himmelstoss
Arnold Lucy Professor Kantorek
Ben Alexander Franz Kemmerich
Scott Kolk Leer
Owen Davis Jr. Peter
Walter Rogers Behn
William Bakewell Albert Kropp
Russell Gleason Mueller
Slim Summerville
Lewis Ayres

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The plot follows a group of young german recruits in WWI through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. The book was first published in German as Im Westen nichts Neues in January 1929. It sold 2.5 million copies in twenty-five languages in its first eighteen months in print[citation needed]. In 1930 the book was turned into an Oscar-winning movie of the same name, directed by Lewis Milestone. Although the typically used English translation (A. W. Wheen, 1929) gives the title as "All Quiet on the Western Front," the literal translation is in fact "Nothing New in the West" : this title adds to the terrible irony of the actual situation but was dropped in favour of "All Quiet." Separately, the phrase "all quiet on the western front" later became popular slang for a lack of action (in reference to the Phony War in World War II’s Western Front). The story follows the experiences of Paul Bäumer : a soldier who joined the German army shortly after the start of the war. He arrives on the western front with his friends (Tjaden, Müller, Kropp and a number of other characters) and meets Stanislaus Katczinsky, known as Kat. The older Kat soon becomes Paul’s mentor and teaches him about the realities of war. Paul and Kat swiftly become almost brothers, bonded by the hardships of the war. Paul and his friends have to endure day after day of non-stop bombardment. Eventually it all becomes clear to him : war is entirely pointless. All his friends say that they are fighting the war for a few national leaders whom they have never met and most likely never will. They are the only people that can gain anything from this war, not Paul and his friends. The book focuses not on heroic stories of bravery as do so many other war stories, but rather gives a realistic view of the hell in which the soldiers found themselves. The monotony, the constant artillery fire, the struggle to find food, and the overarching role of chance in the lives and deaths of the soldiers, all are described in detail. Remarque often refers to the living soldiers as old and dead, emotionally depleted and hardened. "We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing from ourselves, from our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world ; and we had to shoot it to pieces." Paul receives a period of leave from the army, and returns home temporarily. He finds it difficult to understand people at home anymore. While all the soldiers at the front wish for nothing more than peace, knowing that they are losing the war, civilians back home talk about marching on Paris. He is also indifferent to the significance of any of the battles. Battles have no names. Rather, one after another they offer a chance for him to be killed. Battle seems to be waged only to gain pitifully small pieces of land. [ChristieBooks]

Edition Details
Edition Universal Cinema Classics
Barcode 025193236821
Region Region 1
Release Date 2/6/2007
Packaging Keep Case
Extra Features · Exclusive Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne
· Theatrical Trailer
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Subtitles French
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
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