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World War I on Film: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

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Adapting Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel of the atrocities of war for Universal, Lewis Milestone produced one of the studio’s most expensive, sweeping films—one that resonated deeply with a public still dealing with the aftermath of the great war and mired in severe economic depression. A group of German boys—who we first see, impressionable and naïve, at secondary school—are compelled to join the army “for the Fatherland,” following an impassioned speech by their headmaster. Paul (Lew Ayres), the moral center of the group, and the others are then sent through the various levels of hell in this searing tale of wartime horrors and their post-war repercussions, which has deep resonance today with its strong anti-war, pro-human message. (136 mins.)

35mm sync-silent preservation print with score, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT screens Thursday, November 20 at 7pm and Sunday, November 23 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our World War I on Film series in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition This is War! Graphic Arts from the Great War, 1914-1918, running through December 14, 2014.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

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