German Film Series Commemorates End of World War I, opens April 14 with ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

| April 13, 2015
All Quiet on the Western Front

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ was the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque.

The German program in the Department of International Languages and Cultures of the College of Arts & Sciences will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with three screenings of films about war and Germany, with a brief historical introduction before each one.

The series opens Tuesday, April 14, with a screening of “All Quiet on the Western Front” at 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium.

Released in 1930, it was the first major anti-war film of the sound era, faithfully based upon the timeless, best-selling 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, who had experienced the war first-hand as a young German soldier.

The film was advertised with the brooding face of one of the young German recruits sent into World War I. The landmark epic film used acres of California ranch land for the battle scenes, and employed over 2,000 extras. From four Academy Award nominations, it won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director (Lewis Milestone with his first sound feature), and it was also nominated for Best Writing Achievement (George Abbott, Maxwell Anderson, and Del Andrews) and Best Cinematography (Arthur Edeson).

See this event listing on the University Events Calendar.

Other films in the series:

Admission

$6 for the general public
$5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools
$4 for Webster University staff and faculty
Free for Webster University students with proper ID

 

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