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on June 23, 2013
tres bon film qui decrit les détails de la guerre de tranchees de la guerre 1914-18,en noir et blanc.bon film
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on August 29, 2003
I read the book first, several times. It's my favorite. This movie is stagey, and hard for people used to modern sound and color to watch. It's a great story, but so much more is in the book. It's more about Paul's personal change during the course of fighting, not so much about action so I find you get so much more out of reading the book. Much more emotional, and you get to envision the characters as you like (I hate having a picture in my head and then the movie is completely different!) The 1979 version with Richard Thomas is better, if just for the improved cinematography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 1999
Director Lewis Milestone weaves a powerful tapestry of loss, defeat, and the meaninglessness of war in this, one of the great anti-war tracts on film. Unfortunately, it may not have the same grip and impact on today's audiences because much of the handling is dated (acting is very early-talkie style; individual scenes are occasionally rather maudlin; naivety is rampant); and the narrative is somewhat choppy. However, a considerable amount of the power is in the visuals, and these are just as impressive and striking today. Milestone's deployment of camera motion, choreography of the battle scenes, and the sharp, gritty look, as well as the well-spent budget create an emotional force that carries the picture with smashing success through many of it's rough spots. Indeed, the grammar of his film-making seems to contain an expressionism perfectly augmenting the story's spirit; and moments achieve a stunning texture that haunt the mind (take the opening scene in the classroom; or the final shot as the boys look right into our souls). Some have even compared its style to Eisenstein and Lang! Patience and understanding will reward the viewer with a deeply-felt appreciation of what it is like experiencing the ever-continuing suicide of the human race, and a high regard for one of the cinema's classics.
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