Milestone’s adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel emphasizes the twin themes of suffering and helplessness through all the tools in sound cinema’s ever-increasing toolbox while enlisting the elegiac formal perfection of the late silents, creating a film of lyrical beauty and punishing realism that Hollywood failed to equal in a war film until well after World War II.
Give it up to Milestone for directing battle sequences that still have the power to astonish over 80 years later, even compared to the groundbreaking contemporary films they directly influenced (namely Saving Private Ryan and its knockoffs). Actually, just give it up to him period, because the entire film is sensationally directed, to the point where it much more closely resembles late silents than early talkies.
The battle scenes are so technically innovative and thrilling I had a hard time believing this film was made in 1930. They just pulse with so much cinematic energy. However a good chunk of the film feels stilted, stagy, and dated, and it's a shame because there are some truly powerful scenes contained here. However it's an important film, and along with M the first great sound film.
In Germany, where the defeat of the war was still bitter memory, screenings were stormed by Nazi Party rabble-rousers who objected to its 'lies' about the glory of combat. Even in the U.S. it was boycotted by the American Legion but despite the negative publicity it still scooped a Best Picture Oscar. [Its] technical brilliance hammers home a distressingly realistic vision of the inanity of war."-J. Russell, BBC 4.5
70/100 (Öylesi bir garip film ki en sevdiğim yönetmenlerden Kubrick'in bu filmden esinlenmekten öte biraz çalıp çırptığını düşündüm. Filmin ilk 30 dakikası Full metal jacket geri kalanı ise Paths of Glory sanki... Ancak film o denli efsanevi olamıyor. Çoğu sahne yılının da etkisiyle inandırıcılıktan yoksun. Tek tek anlatmayacağım bunu ayrıca sonu biraz zorlama. Ama savaş karşıtlığı için bu puan değer..)
The best early war film, bested only by The Big Parade imo for story. Battle scenes are unreal. My second fav warm film I own, and easy to see why it won Best Picture, back when that actually meant something
A very good, if long adaptation of All Quiet. Unfortunately, it feels incredibly dated, especially in dialogue. What sounded true and realistic in Remarque's novel feels cliché and wrong in the film. The innovative battle scenes, however, make up for any dramatic shortcomings. They're extraordinary.