Posted by: Pam, at RML | March 2, 2010

History Through Film Series for big screen drama

1930 Oscar winner

This Friday, March 5 at 10am in the Winsor Room, Professor Richard Donagher will be showing the 1930 film, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Big screen  drama is here at your library! Following the screening, Richard will lead the group in discussion about the film.

Since its release in 1930 ( and Oscar winner for best picture), this film’s saga of German boys avidly signing up for World War 1 battle–and then learning the truth of war–has been acclaimed for its intensity, artistry, and grown-up approach. Erich Maria Remarque’s novel is faithfully followed, but Director Lewis Milestone’s superbly composed frames make it physical: the first battle scene, with the camera prowling the trenches as they fill with death and chaos, was surely the Saving Private Ryan of its day. Milestone’s adaptation  of the anti-war novel is a masterpiece whose power to disturb remains undiminished by the passage of time.  The film stars Lew Ayres as the young Paul Bauman who along with a group of his teenaged classmates are conscripted into the German army of WW1. The youths quickly realize that the patriotic hogwash they had been fed by their schoolmaster has absolutely nothing to do with the horror they observe and experience on the front lines. Running time approximately 1.50 hrs.

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