All Quiet on the Western Front Overview:

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Erich Maria Remarque published in 1929.

All Quiet on the Western Front was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1929/30 --- Ceremony Number 3 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Cinematography(Arthur Edeson)Nominated
Best DirectorLewis MilestoneWon
Best PictureUniversalWon
Best Writing(George Abbott), (Maxwell Anderson), (Del Andrews)Nominated
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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (2022)

By Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 7, 2022 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Erich Maria Remarque's acclaimed novel about World War One, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning, legendary film by Universal Studios in 1930. This year brings a new movie version of the book, made in Europe and featuring a mainly German cast & crew. I viewed... Read full article


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 16, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the World War I drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), starring Lew Ayres (left) and Louis Wolheim. This article is part of Banned and Blacklisted: The CMBA Fall 2017 Blogathon. You can read the other entries here. "Death is not an adventure to those who stand... Read full article


ClassicFlix (Teen Scene): All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 28, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: All Quiet on the Western Front

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 2, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. This drama about German soldiers in World War I stars Lew Ayres (left) and Louis Wolheim. Each Friday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews ... Read full article


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 15, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Directed by Lewis Millstone and starring an ensemble cast headed by Lew Ayres, this archetypal anti-war film based on the novel of the same name, begins with a group of school boys during the dawn of WWI. This group of patriotic German youth is hungry for adventure and the glories of war.? Then the... Read full article


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Quotes from

Albert Kropp: [speaking of school] They never taught us really useful like how to light a cigarette in the wind, or make a fire out of wet wood, or bayonet a man in the belly instead of the ribs where it gets jammed.


Paul Bäumer: And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death.


Albert Kropp: I think it's more a kind of fever. Nobody wants it in particular, and then all at once, there it is. We didn't want it. The English didn't want it. And here we are fighting.


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Facts about

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.
As of June 2010, Arthur Gardner is the only surviving member of either the cast or crew.
Nazi rabble rousers stormed screenings of the film in Germany, often releasing rats or stink bombs into the theaters, as the wounds of defeat in the First World War still ran deep. This led to the film ultimately being banned by the Nazi party. It wouldn't receive proper screenings in Germany until 1956, though it did play to packed houses in 1930 in neighboring Switzerland, France and the Netherlands with special trains and buses being laid on to transport Germans to screenings.
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All Quiet on the Western Front

Released 1930
Inducted 1990
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