Wednesday, January 29, 2014

OLDIE GOLDIES: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The first Oldie Goldies post for 2014 is the classic war film "All Quiet on the Western Front". This impressive production follows a group of young German soldiers as they experience the horrors of World War I. With its astonishing direction and writing, it remains one of the most convincing anti-war statements ever put on film. It perfectly captures the madness and dread that accompanies the front line. The Academy was certainly impressed, awarding the film for Best Picture and Best Director, in addition to other deserved nods for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Classic Quote
"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."

Classic Scene
The Charge Scene

Did you know?
During its brief run in German cinemas in the early 1930s, the Nazis led by Joseph Goebbels disrupted the viewings by setting off stink bombs and releasing white mice in the theaters.


  1. I consider this one of the best war films ever made. It shows that war isn't about glory and heroes, but about death.

    1. Absolutely agree. I was blown away by the film. That scene where he talks to the dead man...the battle scenes? Those were tremendous for a film that came in the early days of cinema.