1930 Oscar-winning movie about what was then called the Great War

Reference

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander. All Quiet on the Western Front is considered a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in World War I, and was named #54 on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies. ..."

Cast and Crew

Lew AyresPaul Bäumer
Lewis MilestoneDirector

Video Products

All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics), 6 Feb 2007

Articles

Memorial Day Alternative, by Butler Shaffer, 16 May 2007
Short summaries of anti-war films with rankings in terms of importance
"A very good anti-war film — from the perspective of some young Germans. I particularly like it because it stars one of the few real heroes from Hollywood, Lew Ayres, who refused to be conscripted into the army during World War II, a decision that virtually ruined his Hollywood career."

Reviews

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
"This is a first-rate film, based on one of the great novels of the twentieth century. ... this film's message is so timeless and is delivered with such flair that governments preparing for war have sometimes paid it the ultimate compliment—by banning it."
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), by Stephen W. Carson
"This classic film is every bit as good as [its] reputation promises. Often censored in countries whooping it up for war, this is one of the great anti-war films of all time. At the beginning of the film, young German students are encouraged to volunteer in World War I by their professor: 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Sweet and fitting it is to die for the fatherland.'"
The Great Anti-War Films: All Quiet on the Western Front, by Rick Gee, 4 Sep 2001
"Those of us who oppose the perpetual wars of the state should see it (or see it again) to reinforce our viewpoint. Those who support Leviathan's Total War should screw up the courage to see this significant film and ask themselves these questions: do I really support the state sending my loved ones to meet such a demise?"