Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie (with English subtitles)


Published on 18 Jan 2013

Der Film nach dem Roman, WESTFRONT 1918. VIER VON DER INFANTERIE, uraufgeführt am 23. Mai 1930 in Berlin, zählt zu den bedeutendsten deutschen Anti-Kriegsfilmen. Regie führte Georg Wilhelm Pabst (1885-1967), der in der Weimarer Republik und auch darüber hinaus zu den wichtigsten deutschen Regisseuren gehörte. G. W. Pabst nutze bei dem Film WESTFRONT 1918 konsequent die damals zur Verfügung stehenden technischen Möglichkeiten und galt gerade auch im Bereich der Tonfilmregie als führender Regisseur seiner Zeit.

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2 responses to “Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie (with English subtitles)

  1. Producer: Carl Laemmle Jr.
    Screenwriter: Erich Maria Remarque, Maxwell Anderson, George Abbott, Del Andrews, C. Gardner Sullivan, Walter Anthony, Lewis Milestone
    Film Description: One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale, as Ayres stretches from his trench to catch a butterfly, is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone’s direction — and trivia buffs should note that the actors were coached by future luminary George Cukor, while Ayres became a conscientious objector in World War II. The Road Back (1937) followed, and the film was remade for television in 1979.

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