All Quiet On The Western Front

Synopsis: This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. 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 film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Lewis Milestone
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
NOT RATED
Year:
1930
136 min
837 Views

"ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT"

This story is neither an...

accusation nor a confession...

and least of all an adventure...

for death is not an adventure...

to those who stand

face to face...

with it. It will try simply to...

tell of a generation

of men who.

even though they may have...

escaped its shells, were

destroyed...

by the war...

- Thirty thousand.

- From the Russians?

No, from the French.

From the Russians we capture

more than that every day.

Mr. Postman.

War is war and schnapps is schnapps,

and business must go on.

You didn't leave the mail

yet this morning.

Ah, I'm sorry, Mr. Meyer.

Hello, Himmelstoss. Anything

for us today?

- No, no, Master Peter.

- Oh, there must be something.

Here, here you go, young lad.

There. This is the last mail

deliver anyhow.

- What?

- Tomorrow I change uniforms.

- You're going in the army?

- Yes, I was called.

I'm a sergeant in the

reserves, you know.

I'll be called my self, if it doesn't

end in a few months.

- It will, though.

- I'm sure you're right, Mr. Meyer.

...defending our country,

our father land.

Now, my beloved class, this

is what we must do.

Strike with all our power.

Give every ounce of strength...

to win victory before the

end of the year.

It is with reluctance that I bring

this subject up again.

You are the life of the

fatherland, you boys.

You are the iron men

of Germany.

You are the gay heroes who

will repulse the enemy...

when you are called upon

to do so.

It is not for me to suggest

that any of you...

should stand up and offer

to defend his country.

But I wonder if such a thing is

going through your heads.

I know that in one

of the schools...

the boys have risen up

in the classroom...

and enlisted in a mass.

But, of course, if such a thing

should happen here...

you would not blame me

for a feeling of pride.

Perhaps some will say...

that you should not be

allowed to go yet...

that you are too young, that you

have homes, mothers. Fathers...

that you should not

be torn away.

Are your fathers so forgetful

of their fatherland...

that they would let it perish

father than you?

Are your mothers so weak that

they cannot send a son...

to defend the land which

gave them birth?

And after all, is a little

experience...

such a had thing

for a boy?

Is the honour of wearing

a uniform...

something from which

we should run?

And if our young ladies glory

in those who wear it...

is that anything to be

ashamed of?

I know you have never desired

the adulation of heroes.

That has not been part

of my teaching.

We have sought to make

ourselves worthy...

and let a claim come

when it would.

But to he foremost

in battle...

is a virtue not to be

despised.

I believe it will he

a quick war...

that there will he

few losses.

But if losses there must be...

then let us remember

the Latin phrase...

which must have come to the

lips of many a Roman...

when he stood embattled

in a foreign land:

"Dulce et decorum est

pro patria mori."

"Sweet and fitting it is to die

for the fatherland."

Some of you may

have ambitions.

I know of one young man who has

great promise as a writer...

and he has written the first

act of a tragedy...

which would be a credit to

one of the masters.

And he is dreaming,

I suppose...

of following in the footsteps

of Goethe and Schiller...

and I hope he will.

But now our country calls.

The fatherland needs leaders.

Personal ambition must

be thrown aside...

in the one great sacrifice

for our country.

Here is a glorious beginning

to your fives.

The field of honour

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Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark; 22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970) was a German novelist who created many works about the horrors of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about German soldiers in the First World War, was made into an Oscar-winning film. His book made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works. more…

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