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.
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