ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN
D: Lewis Milestone
Universal (Carl Laemmle, Jr.)
USA 🇺🇸 1930
W: Del Andrews, Maxwell Anderson & George
Abbott [based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque]
DP: Arthur Edeson
Ed: Edgar Adams & Milton Carruth
Mus: David Broekman
Louis Wolhelm (Katczinsky), Lew Ayres (Paul Baumer), John
Wray (Himmelstoss), Slim Summerville (Tjaden), Russell Gleason (Muller)
Only the third film to win the Academy Award for Best
Picture, Lewis Milestone's adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's pacifist novel is a remarkable anti-war film, with some incredibly well executed scenes of conflict, especially considering
that the film was produced in 1930.
Set in 1914, the story follows a group of German teenagers
who volunteer for action, only to become disillusioned with the political stance behind the war and accepting the slim chances of their own survival.
Though the film itself is dated in some aspects, the
message it conveys is still an incredibly powerful one.