All Quiet on the Western Front

Nov 06, 2012

(Lewis Milestone, United States, 1930, 35mm, 145 min)

Too rarely are classic novels done real justice on film, but Lewis Milestone’s wartime masterwork is a triumphant exception to the rule. All Quiet follows a troop of young German soldiers in World War I as they discover the difference between images of battle and battle itself. A stylistic inspiration for war films including Saving Private Ryan, whose sweeping crane shots may not have existed but for Milestone’s artistry, All Quiet is a harrowing and powerful exposé whose story has lost none of its relevance today. This is film’s definitive portrait of World War I and, perhaps, of war itself. Don’t miss it.

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