Westfront 1918

1930, War/Drama, 1h 30m

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As World War I draws to a close, a German lieutenant (Claus Clausen) leads his troops on a dispiriting tour of duty through France. In between horrifying intervals of bloodshed in the trenches, one soldier, Karl (Gustav Diessl), is granted a brief reprieve and allowed to return home to his wife (Hanna Hoessrich), only to find that wartime conditions have left her both morally and financially bankrupt. Returning to the front, the disillusioned Karl willfully volunteers for a harrowing mission.

Cast & Crew

Claus Clausen
The Lieutenant
Gustav Püttjer
Hamburger
Else Heller
Karl's Mother
Aribert Mog
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Critic Reviews for Westfront 1918

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  • The thinking man's All Quiet on the Western Front. A coruscating portrait of the transcendent desolation caused by war.

    October 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The truth of the movie is all in the trenches.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The always protean Pabst made a brilliant adjustment to sound.

    May 10, 2005
  • When the history of the cinema comes to be written, it is probable that Westfront 1918, directed by Pabst, will occupy the same position with regard to the sound film that Potemkin occupies in relationship to the silent picture.

    January 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • An early major accomplishment in sound cinema from Pabst, the exacting poignancy of Westfront 1918 transpires in its haunting final frames.

    August 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Rather than force common war story beats onto the characters, Pabst employs a more observational tone. His camera was free to move along the surface of the trenches, giving the full wide expanse of what the soldiers were experiencing.

    May 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The thinking man's All Quiet on the Western Front. A coruscating portrait of the transcendent desolation caused by war.

    October 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The truth of the movie is all in the trenches.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The always protean Pabst made a brilliant adjustment to sound.

    May 10, 2005
  • When the history of the cinema comes to be written, it is probable that Westfront 1918, directed by Pabst, will occupy the same position with regard to the sound film that Potemkin occupies in relationship to the silent picture.

    January 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • An early major accomplishment in sound cinema from Pabst, the exacting poignancy of Westfront 1918 transpires in its haunting final frames.

    August 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Rather than force common war story beats onto the characters, Pabst employs a more observational tone. His camera was free to move along the surface of the trenches, giving the full wide expanse of what the soldiers were experiencing.

    May 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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