Paramount at the Movies Presents: All Quiet on the Western Front [NR]
Movies | 05/24/2020 | 2:00PM
★★★★! “Time hasn’t dimmed its power, or poignancy, one bit.” – Leonard Maltin
Relive the drama, conflict, and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made. Universal’s first Best Picture Academy Award® winner follows a group of idealistic young men as they are talked into enlisting in the German Army at the beginning of World War I by their jingoistic teacher and are sent to the Western Front. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals.
Image Credit: Universal Pictures © 2020
Did You Know?
- With the loss of limbs and gory deaths shown rather explicitly, this is undoubtedly the most violent American film of its time. This is because the Production Code was not strictly enforced until 1934, and also because Universal Pictures deemed the subject matter important enough to allow the violence to be seen. The scene where a soldier grabs a strand of barbed wire and then is blown up by an artillery shell, leaving only his hands still grabbing the barbed wire, was told to director Lewis Milestone by a former German soldier working as an extra, who saw that happen during a French attack on his position during the war. Milestone used it in the film.
- The iconic final shot was filmed during the editing process. All the actors had left so that is actually Lewis Milestone’s hand we see in the final shot.
- Lewis Milestone deliberately made the film without music so as not to take away from the seriousness of the subject. Much to his chagrin, however, some movie theaters added music in of their own choosing, as they weren’t used to having films delivered to them without any form of background scoring.
- The Greek writing on the blackboard in the schoolroom is the beginning of Homer’s “Odyssey”: “Tell me Oh Muse of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide”.