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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 (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


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: 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.


Paul Bäumer: [somber] Glad to see you, Professor.
Professor Kantorek: You've come at the right moment, Baumer! Just at the right moment!
[to students]
Professor Kantorek: And as if to prove all I have said, here is one of the first to go! A lad who sat before me on these very benches, who gave up all to serve in the first year of the war. One of the iron youth who have made Germany invincible in the field! Look at him. Sturdy and bronze and clear-eyed! The kind of soldier every one of you should envy! Paul, lad, you must speak to them. You must tell them what it means to serve your fatherland.
Paul Bäumer: No no, I can't tell them anything.
Paul Bäumer: You must, Paul. Just a word. Just tell them how much they're needed out there. Tell them why you went, and what it meant to you.
Paul Bäumer: I can't say anything.
Professor Kantorek: If you remember some deed of heroism, some touch of humility, tell about it.
[encouraging murmurs from the students]
Paul Bäumer: I can't tell you anything you don't know. We live in the trenches out there, we fight, we try not to be killed; and sometimes we are. That's all.
[students fidget, disappointed]
Professor Kantorek: No, no Paul!
Paul Bäumer: [angry] I've been there! I know what it's like!
Professor Kantorek: That's not what one dwells on, Paul!
Paul Bäumer: [bitterly] I heard you in here, reciting that same old stuff. Making more iron men, more young heroes. You still think it's beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don't you?
[Kantorek nods firmly]
Paul Bäumer: We used to think you knew. The first bombardment taught us better. It's dirty and painful to die for your country. When it comes to dying for your country it's better not to die at all! There are millions out there dying for their countries, and what good is it?


Second orderly: Your deal. Get his name and number?
Medic Orderly: Yeah. Corporal Stanislaus Katczinsky, 306.


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Facts about

June 2008 Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Epic".
To ensure authenticity, director Lewis Milestone instructed the studio to try to find out if there were any World War I German army veterans living in the Los Angeles area, so he could have them authenticate German uniforms, equipment, etc. So many were found that Milestone cast a lot of them as German officers in the film, and had them drill the extras playing German troops (yhe scene where they are laying communication wire in the forward trenches was led by a former German soldier whose job during the war was to do exactly that).
In part because of his experience in playing the part of Paul Baumer, Lew Ayres became a conscientious objector during the Second World War. His films were banned in over 100 Chicago theaters.
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