Before he returns to the front, Paul tries to write his mother a letter telling her what it is really like. Tanks, airplanes, machine guns, and various chemical agents created a theatre of war that had never been seen before. The way young men were manipulated by the authorities to go to war is a major theme. He gives the typical denigrating speech where he calls them stupid and tells them to forget everything they know. It's World War I in Germany, and soldiers are marching through the streets, rallying young students to join the war effort.
It doesn't put you back in the Civil War as well as the earlier film. One of the strengths of the 1979 version is its faithfulness to the original and to the book. But his friendship with an older soldier who has become a mentor and father figure seems like it will save him. The evidence can be seen in the lingering depression that Remarque and many of his friends and acquaintances were suffering a decade later. In a dugout during a prolonged bombardment, rookies panic, but the vets take it in stride. The next day, when he is seen walking blindly around , it is discovered that he was only unconscious.
His men have a great respect for him, and Bertinck has great respect for his men. He reflects that, when the war ends, he will be ruined for peacetime; all he knows is the war. Paul tries to tell them the reality of the situation, but they refuse to listen to him. At its premiere, Goebbels had the Brown Shirts release mice, stink bombs, and sneezing powder to clear the theater. I first read the book age 14. More important, the movie established many of the tropes that define war movies. His death is the first and ends their innocence.
Paul recovers and gets leave back home. In that sense, the film is historically noteworthy on many levels. Many friends perish on the French battle fields or in the trenches: hellholes under shell - and toxic gas-threat, full of mud and corps-picking rats, where veteran Stanislaus 'Kat' Katczinsky tries to teach the ever younger recruits practical survival skills, although often too late. The blog expanded to include a variety of war movies. Joseph Goebbels, later propaganda minister, publicly denounced the film. Only pitifully small pieces of land are gained, about the size of a football field, which are often lost again later. Suppressed by enemy fire, Paul spends the night with the dying Frenchman.
Milestone has a penchant for framing scenes through doorways and windows. It also posits that the soldier age generation was betrayed by the establishment teachers, fathers, generals. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. In one such scene, the camera serves as a kind of machine gun, shooting down the oncoming troops as it glides along the trenches. I can't imagine what those would be.
In due course the romantic notions are replaced by the harsh reality of war and he becomes disillusioned with it all. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. However, people forget that the novel does not emphasize battles. There are still plenty of war movies, war miniseries, and war television series to be watched. It damages the lives of young men beyond what most people can understand. In a claustrophobic dugout scene, the crew undergoes a bombardment and a rat assault and several of the new guys exhibit shell shock. Katczinsky leaves for a short while, returning with straw to put over the bare wires of the beds.
What cinematic elements in this movie help convince the audience of its viewpoint? In one classroom a patriotic professor encourages his class of young men to enlist, using every military recruitment tactic in the book. As far as the new one, I do believe it is going to happen. The dugout bombardment scene is well done and gets the claustrophobia and stress right. Behm was the only student that was not quickly influenced by Kantorek's patriotism to join the war, but eventually, due to pressure from friends and Kantorek, he joins the war. We major a large conflict or war almost every 20 years or so, and unsurprisingly, movies often depict various battles and wars from multiple points in history. The interplay of the machine gun mowing down the wave of French does a chilling job of depicting modern mechanized warfare.
Soldiers everywhere whisper that the Germans will soon surrender and that peace will come. Historically, this song was used during the Franco-Prussian War to express the idea that Germany was keeping a watchful eye on their borders from French invasion. There is a game involving pay-back on the rats that plague them. At one point he secures four boxes of lobster. Kimmerich results in Paul swearing on his own grave that her son died without pain. Note that Paul declines to smoke cigarettes throughout the movie, but in the final scene he has taken up the habit. .