In this special Armistice Day screening, Tyneside Cinema proudly presents All Quiet on the Western Front.
Adapted from the novel by German author, Erich Maria Remarque and directed by Lewis Milestone, All Quiet on the Western Front follows young soldiers facing profound disillusionment in the horror of World War I.
The film follows a group of German schoolboys, who are coerced into enlisting at the beginning of WWI by their teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of the individual. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around, any pre-conceptions of ‘the enemy’ and the ‘rights and wrongs’ of conflict disappear.
All Quiet on the Western Front exhibits war as it is: no niceties; nothing glossed over. Facing death, dodging all kinds of murderous weaponry and missiles, living with the rats, starving while fighting, forgetting what home is, becoming a fight machine on a routine; that’s the story and the picture you hear and see in Milestone’s 1930 war movie.
Running Time: 2hrs 9mins
BBFC Advice: PG
Director(s): Lewis Milestone
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 1930
This is part of the The Fog of War seasonSee all