'All Quiet On the Western Front': The Story of a Film by Andrew Kelly

By Andrew Kelly

Released to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of Erich Maria Remarque this can be an account of the making of his novel. whilst released in 1928, the ebook reworked the preferred snapshot of battle; the movie, directed via Lewis Milestone, used to be published the next yr and used to be immediately acclaimed a vintage. It is still the necessary view of global warfare I and of the brutality and waste of warfare. just like the novel the movie was once censored. Andrew Kelly covers the film’s origins and creation, and its fortunes on and after liberate. it really is illustrated with scenes from the movie and includes huge extracts from the screenplays.

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The film conveyed the traditional anti-war messages about the brutality of conflict, the suffering of those at the front and at home, the futility of it all. There are traditional motifs: the queues for meat, the good food enjoyed by the High Command, the masses of wooden crosses, and the cathedral used as a hospital. 38 Filming All Quiet on the Western Front War is undoubtedly hell – on the battlefield and off. On the battlefield, death is the only certainty, whether it is from artillery, combat, mechanised warfare or grenade.

In July , General Ludendorff, the chief of staff, had written: ‘The war has shown the overwhelming force of pictures and films as a medium for educating and influencing the 22 Filming All Quiet on the Western Front masses. Unfortunately our enemies have used the advantage they have over us in this field so completely that we have suffered considerable damage. ’9 Though Ufa’s immediate objectives failed with the declaration of the Armistice, the company became established quickly as a major force domestically and in international film exhibition, where its purchase of theatres enabled the post-war boycott of German films to be broken.

However, the first official film was not released until the end of , as Cinema, Society and the First World War 25 Masterman had decided that propaganda would be based on fact, not fiction, and the first cinematographers did not set off for the front until October . He was also hampered by the lack of support from the Admiralty and the War Office, which felt that film was a trivial, vulgar form of working-class entertainment and feared that sensitive information would be disclosed. The most popular films were those that covered a single military operation, the best known being the  release The Battle of the Somme.

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