Final Day! Thursday, May 31
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
- 2:00 4:30 7:00 9:30
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
DIRECTED BY LEWIS MILESTONE • STUNNING NEW 35mm RESTORATION OF THE COMPLETE, UNCUT VERSION!
"BREATHTAKING! A FEISTY 82-YEAR-OLD BRUISER OF A MOVIE! Milestone’s directorial style is strikingly modern, exploiting sound and image to liberate the story from its literary roots and convey an experience of anguish that words cannot express."
– Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
(1930) Krieg looks great for German schoolboy Lew Ayres and his idealistic schoolmates, but first there’s German Army discipline, then the trenches, and then actual killing, and then actual death — it’s World War I. Adapted from Erich Maria Remarque’s world-wide bestseller, All Quiet is the gut-wrenching granddaddy of all anti-war films, garnering the Best Picture Oscar, as well as Best Director for Milestone — the fast lateral camera track past the line of French falling en masses to machine gun fire eventually becoming his trademark — and a triumph as well for the twenty-year-old Ayres: trapped in a shell hole with a dying French soldier (a wordless role by silent comedy great Raymond Griffith — he couldn’t speak above a whisper); carrying his wounded sergeant Louis Wolheim on his back from the front lines; and in the legendary final shot, his hand reaching for a butterfly...
A UNIVERSAL PICTURES RELEASE
"THE GOLD STANDARD OF ANTI-WAR FILMS!"
– New York magazine
"A MUST-SEE FOR ITS HARROWING COMBAT SCENES AND ENDLESSLY STUNNING VISUALS! The opening remains astonishing... The sheer scale and slow majesty of the shot could credibly belong to Visconti or Bertolucci."
– Vadim Rizov, The L Magazine
Click here to read the full review.
“Over a hundred million people have gone to see it and have — perhaps — responded to its pacifist message. One could be cynical about the results, but the film itself does not invite cynical reactions, and the fact that it has frequently been banned in countries preparing for war suggests that it makes militarists uncomfortable.”
– Pauline Kael
“Abandoning all the stilted immobility of early sound-movie convention, Milestone restored to the camera much of the freedom of the silent era, shooting and cutting with a fluid, rhythmic style and great pictorial elegance. Most effective of all were the battle sequences: filmed with the fast lateral tracking shots that were to become Milestone’s stock-in-trade, they still communicate with fierce immediacy.”
– Philip Kemp, World Film Directors
“If not the most praised, then certainly the most reappraised of all war films... The scenes at the front have an authentic feeling of waste, desolation and menace, and the relentlessly grey, chaotic, drawn-out panoramas of trench warfare are justly celebrated.”
– Clyde Jeavons
“The most powerful indictment of war’s stupidity, waste, carnage, agony and confusion yet captured on film... Long after its last reel has slipped through the projector and its tragic, but deeply humane, tapestry has faded from the screen, one finds oneself reliving its images and recalling its arguments.”
– Richard Cutts
– Jonathan Rosenbaum
"The most thoroughgoing exposé of the absurdity of war ever made."
– The Guardian