By Andrew Kelly
Released to commemorate the centenary of the delivery of Erich Maria Remarque this is often an account of the making of his novel. while released in 1928, the ebook remodeled the preferred snapshot of battle; the movie, directed via Lewis Milestone, was once published the next 12 months and used to be immediately acclaimed a vintage. It continues to be the imperative view of worldwide struggle 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 unlock. it truly is illustrated with scenes from the movie and includes huge extracts from the screenplays.
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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.
Between and cinema’s coverage of the war mirrored that of most other countries. Generally the subject was disliked, though this was as much to do with recession in the industry as realisation that the public wished to avoid the subject. The few productions that did result were generally lacklustre work from an unconfident and underfinanced industry. Given this background, it is surprising that any films about the war were made at all. Bucking the trend were the popular war reconstructions produced by Harry Bruce Woolfe’s company British Instructional Films: The Battle of Jutland (), Armageddon, Zeebrugge (both ), Ypres (), Mons () and, in , the most important of them all, The Battles of the Coronel and Falkland Islands.
Latrines, rats, lice; smells, blood, corpses; scenes of sheer horror as where comrades surround the deathbed of a young Kamerad with one eye on his agonies, the other on his new English boots; the uninspired strategy; the feeling that the leaders are unsympathetic or stupid; the shrivelling up of thought and enthusiasm under ever-growing machinery of an attrition war; all this lasting too long – so long indeed that half a million souls, still existing in our own island, have 48 Filming All Quiet on the Western Front been, in Remarque’s own terrible word, ‘lost’.
'All Quiet On the Western Front': The Story of a Film (British Film Guides) by Andrew Kelly