WWI Film Series: "All Quiet On the Western Front"

July 22, 2018 2:00 PM to July 22, 2018 5:00 (approximately)PM

Temple Beth-El Heritage Hall - 406 Perry Street (Adjacent to Federal Bldg/ Post Office), Helena AR

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The movie, “All Quiet on the Western Front,” is the first in the Delta Cultural Center’s series of World War I Films.This film chronicles the story of a German soldier, Paul Bäumer, and his disillusionment with the war. If you think of war as awesome or thrilling, then “Star War’s would be the movie to catch.But If you view war as a mud-filled “hellscape,” this film-- “All Quiet on the Western Front”-- is a must see!

It follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their xenophobic teacher. The film opens with soldiers marching near a classroom where Paul Bäumer and his friends are listening to their lecture. Rather than teach them math or French or other school subjects, their teacher, Kantorek, discusses how glorious the war will be for the fatherland and the soldiers who fight in it. With visions of valor and a call to duty dancing in their heads, Paul and his friends enlist.

Soon shipped to the front, they face the daily challenge of surviving trench warfare and killing on a scale that they could never have imagined. The new recruits' first trip to the trenches to re-string barbed wire is a harrowing experience, especially when Behn is blinded by shrapnel and hysterically runs into machine-gun fire.

As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body of his opponent. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals.                                                                  

“All Quiet on the Western Front” opened to wide acclaim in the United States. Considered a realistic and harrowing account of World War 1 warfare, it made the American Film Institute's First 100 years...100 Movies list in 1998. A decade later, in a poll of 1,500 people, “All Quiet on the Western Front” was ranked as 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 Academy Awards for both Outstanding Production and Best Director. 

Released in 1930, the film is not rated.  Approximate running time is 2 hours, 15 minutes.  Admission is free.





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