Westfront 1918 (1930)

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In the final moments of World War I, a platoon of French soldiers is sent off on a dangerous and ultimately pointless mission. This intensely wrought, highly emotional German anti-war drama comes from auteur director G.W. Pabst. Alternative title: Comrades of 1918.

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The truth of the movie is all in the trenches.

Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The always protean Pabst made a brilliant adjustment to sound.

May 10, 2005

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

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

remains a powerful testament to its physical, psychological, and spiritual horrors

Feb 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Though Westfront 1918's plot lacks the conventional pacing of the similar American production All Quiet on the Western Front, its narrative is thoroughly modernist as a breakdown of coherence and context.

Jul 31, 2017 | Rating: 5/5

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