All Quiet On The Western Front Essay

1097 Words Apr 6th, 2015 5 Pages
All Quiet on the Western Front, directed by Lewis Milestone, is a harrowing Anti-War movie depicting the horrors of World War I through the eyes of German schoolboys turned recruits. It stars popular actors from the time period, such as Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, and John Wray. It follows the life of a young soldier and his friends who voluntarily joined the war because of how gratifying and heroic their professor made it seem as he pressured them to fulfill their “patriotic duty”. They witnessed returning soldiers be worshiped by crowds of citizens and loved by beautiful women from the windows of their classroom in one of the very first scenes of the film, which only reaffirmed this idea. They would soon come to realize that the ideals of nationalism and patriotism for which they enlisted are empty clichés. The film serves to express the concept that war affects all soldiers equally, regardless of their nationality or motive. This is presented through the use of realistic portrayal of the characters, the lack of setting, and the demonstration of the effects of combat on a soldier. Although All Quiet on the Western Front is well known as a movie, it got its beginning as a German book written by Erich Maria Remarque in 1929. The time period is significant to the development of the book because it was actually written by a German veteran ten years after the war ended. As a result, this book is a first hand account of the cruelty of war. However, once translated, this…

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