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LEC Movie night: All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues)

  • Aug 29, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Given the centenary of the First World War, we are showing one of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film. 

This movie, based on the book by German Erich Maria Remarque called "Im Westen nichts Neues" (All Quiet on the Western Front), was made in 1930, a mere 12 years after the war.  A great number of German Army veterans were recruited as bit players and technical advisers.

The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered.

Awards: Won 2 Oscars (Best Picture and Best Director), nominated for 2 Oscars (Best Writing and Best Cinematography) and 4 other wins 

IMDB rating:  8.1

Running time:  2 hours 14 minutes

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but I will get there from about 7.00pm to set up the room.  There is enough space for you to join us upstairs and make use of the space.

Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.


London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Mehdi

    Every political leader should watch this movie many times

    August 30, 2014

  • Richard

    Here's an interesting interview with the only surviving cast member - still happily with us at 104 -

    August 30, 2014

  • Richard

    Great film and great company as always

    August 30, 2014

  • Beata

    I like realistic films. It was worth watching how hopeless the situation can become.

    August 30, 2014

  • CARL

    A moving film.

    August 30, 2014

  • Liam

    A great choice, Marion! Such an important critique of the human impact if war, soldiers' friendship in response to the brutality, and the madness of those at home who make war. Everyone should see it!

    August 30, 2014

  • Richard

    A great film - thanks Marion!

    August 30, 2014

  • Olga

    I wanted to read this book for a long time and it's so good that I came across this event. I have to say the movie pretty much made me cry and I'm still thinking about what I saw today. Thanks Marion and Liam for organising the evening!

    August 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys I'm really sorry to back out last minute, I really hope you enjoy the film xx

    August 29, 2014

  • Palma

    So sorry,
    I can't do it.
    See you next time...

    August 29, 2014

  • Claudia

    Sorry I can't make it tomorrow. I hope you have a nice evening.

    August 28, 2014

  • Santiago

    Good morning all (and particularly Marion) ... I can't make it tomorrow, sorry :'-(
    Will RSVP immediately so the people waiting have a chance to go.


    August 28, 2014

  • Tatyana

    I would love to join you but going on holiday on Friday

    July 28, 2014

  • Brian

    A classic. Unfortunately have a meeting in Ipswich that day and may not be back in time.

    July 28, 2014

  • Marion

    Co-incides with today's beginning of WW1 a hundred years ago. See also the Economist article

    July 28, 2014

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