The heart-hitting story of youth face to face with disillusion and decay. . Ironically, when the film was initially being put together, Remarque, the novelist who won critical acclaim for writing the book, was asked to play the role of Paul. That night, the company is sent to lay barbed wire. His German citizenship was revoked, and four years later 1943 his sister was executed for stating that she believed Germany had already lost the war. Were there still the parades, crowded streets, and joyous sounds of going off to war? You suffocate yourself for weeks on end with it getting harder and harder to breathe as the time passes.
There was also lots of rain which caused lots of mud which soldiers would occasionally drown in. He spots a bird and begins to sketch it, and when the bird starts to fly away Paul stands up to see where it went, exposing himself above the trench parapet. Throughout the night, he desperately tries to help him, bringing him water, but fails miserably to stop him from dying. You lived, fought and died in those trenches. The first black and white version was released in. All Quiet on the Western Front was the first great war film of the American sound era and graphically shows that. It's a downer, to say the least.
Other characters with relatively minor roles have major importance in the film because they portray touching, heart wrenching scene s of death. They were probably about my age, or even younger. Written by Many people make the mistake of thinking of this movie as a remake of the 1930 film classic. They hear that they are to return to the front the next day and begin a semi-serious discussion about the and of wars in general. They are sent back to the field kitchens to get their rations; each man receives double helpings, simply because of the number of dead. One key message within the film is that innocence cannot survive on the battlefield.
In 1939, it was re-released as a proper sound version, which was cut down to ten reels. After a soldier's feast of beans and bread, they chill and discuss the causes of the war. Before he died in 1980, Milestone requested that Universal fully restore the film with the removal of the end music cue. Paul's squad are bombed in a French town close to the front, where one of his friends dies and another is severely wounded. And we sleep and eat with death. The movie and what we learned in class can help us out with this. Award Result Winner Won , Producer Won Nominated , and Winner was , , and - Nominated Winner was and - It was the first war film to win Oscars.
The third really stand out performance is that of John Wray who some might remember as the brutal prison guard in Each Dawn I Die. They try to convince him to regain his strength so he can return home, but secretly they all know he's going to die. All Quiet on the Western Front was the first great war film of the American sound era and graphically shows that. The new recruits' first trip to the trenches with the veterans, to re-string barbed wire, is a harrowing experience, especially when Behn is blinded by shrapnel and hysterically runs into machine-gun fire. On 12 June 1917, he… 2085 Words 9 Pages This essay will consider the different effects created by Erich Maria Remarque in his novel All Quiet on the Western Front. We try not to be killed - that's all! The and armies are shown attacking each other repeatedly over a few hundred yards of torn, corpse-strewn land.
This led to the film ultimately being banned by the Nazi party. The hunger and constant shelling whittle down their nerves. When I say this film is sincere I really can't give you any tangible evidence to prove the point; all I can tell you is to see the film. The students call him a coward. This scene is different from the book, and was inspired by an earlier scene showing a butterfly collection in Paul's home. Having seen time in the war the producers must have thought him aptly prepared to play the role. Paul tries to tell them the reality of the situation, but they refuse to listen to him.
A very young Lew Ayres is the best as his story creates tension for the entire film. In the movie they showed the kids coming into war fresh out of training camp. Its sequel, 1937 , portrays members of the 2nd Company returning home after the war. And it shows that from the enemy perspective. Around this time, Paul is taken to the bandaging ward, from which, according to its reputation, nobody has ever returned alive; but he later returns to the normal rooms triumphantly, only to find Kropp in depression.
Considered a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in , it made the 's first list in 1998. Some of them were very scared of what might happen to them, some of them were determined to come home well and alive, and some of them looked excited to be serving the Fatherland and doing their duty. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused. Paul and his friends visit Kemmerick at the field hospital. First of all, the sheer innocence of his facial appearance adds a poignant touch to the film, because the overwhelming theme of the story is how the war effects all young people of each nation, whether that person dies in the trenches or survives only to lament his days in the war.
The preview audience remains the only one who saw Pitts in the role, although she does appear for about 30 seconds in the film's original preview trailer. In addition, it's hard not to be moved by the scene in which Ayres carries a wounded comrade from the battlefield not realising he has died. The film was denounced by Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's future propaganda minister, who publicly burned Remarque's novel. You maintain consciousness until the very last five minutes in your life. A lone sniper's shot rings out, killing him. Firstly it… 1455 Words 6 Pages for themselves, and then return home safely to their families; it was the ultimate romantic adventure.