Today's feature is in honor of the upcoming Veteran's Day & Remembrance Day and the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War 1.
Summary:Paul Bäumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other --- if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Director: Lewis Milestone
Release date: August 24, 1930 (US)
Running time: 152 minutes
Lew Ayres as Paul Bäumer
Louis Wolheim as Stanislaus Katczinsky
John Wray as Himmelstoß
Arnold Lucy as Professor Kantorek
Ben Alexander as Franz Kemmerich
Scott Kolk as Leer
Owen Davis, Jr. as Peter
William Bakewell as Albert Kropp
Russell Gleason as Müller
Walter Browne Rogers as Behn
Richard Alexander as Westhus
Harold Goodwin as Detering
Slim Summerville as Tjaden
G. Pat Collins as Lieutenant Bertinck
Edmund Breese as Herr Meyer, the Stammtisch speaker
Beryl Mercer as Frau Bäumer, Paul's mother
Marion Clayton Anderson as Anna Bäumer, Paul's Sister
Heinie Conklin as Joseph Hammacher
Raymond Griffith as the killed French soldier
Bertha Mann as Sister Libertine
William Irving as Ginger, the army cook
Arthur Gardner as classroom student; the last living member of the cast or crew
Director: Delbert Mann
Release date: November 14, 1979
Running time: 150 minutes/129 minutes (theatrical release)
Richard Thomas as Paul Baumer
Ernest Borgnine as Stanislaus Katczinsky
Donald Pleasence as Kantorek
Ian Holm as Himmelstoss
Patricia Neal as Paul’s Mother
Paul Mark Elliott as Josef Behm
Dai Bradley as Albert Kropp
Matthew Evans as Friedrich Muller
George Winter as Franz Kemmerich
Dominic Jephcott as Peter Leer
Mark Drewry as Tjaden
Colin Mayes as Westhus
Ewan Stewart as Detering
Michael Sheard as Paul’s Father
Katerina Lirova as Paul’s Sister
Mary Miller as Mrs. Kemmerich
Erich Maria Remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century.
Remarque's biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century: Childhood and youth in imperial Osnabrück, World War I, the Weimar Republic, and most of all his exile in Switzerland and the United States. With the novel All Quiet On the Western Front, first published in 1929, Remarque attained world-wide recognition continuing today.
Examples of his other novels also internationally published are: The Road Back (1931), Three Comrades (1936, 38), Arch of Triumph (1945), The Black Obelisk (1956), and Night in Lisbon (1962).
Remarque's novels have been translated in more than fifty languages; globally the total edition comes up to several million copies.
The complete works of Remarque are both highly interrelated with his Osnabrück background and speaking thematically of a critical examination of German history, whereby the preservation of human dignity and humanity in times of oppression, terror and war always was at the forefront of his literary creation.