June 14, 1930 in UK cinemas: All Quiet On The Western Front

“At last….the motion picture!”

All_Quiet_On_The_Western_Front-1930All Quiet on the Western Front is an American epic Pre-Code war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander.

All Quiet on the Western Front opened to wide acclaim in the United States. Considered a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in World War I, it made the American Film Institute’s first 100 Years…100 Movies list in 1998. A decade later, after the same organization polled over 1,500 workers in the creative community, All Quiet on the Western Front was ranked the seventh-best American epic film. In 1990, the film was selected and preserved by the United States Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was the first to win the Academy Awards for both Outstanding Production and Best Director.

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Its sequel, The Road Back (1937), shows members of the 2nd Company returning home after the war. [Wikipedia]

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

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