Movie Monday: All Quiet On The Western Front
Based on the novel of the same name by German writer, Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On The Western Front is a harrowing movie about the actualities of war. Told from the point of view of a group of German schoolboys freshly recruited into the army upon encouragement by a jingoistic teacher, the story reveals the human experience of the tragedies of battle rather than the conceptual heroics. Although not an uplifting film, the cinematic display of World War I as directed by Lewis Milestone deservedly won the very first Academy Award for Best Director and Outstanding Production. With stars such as Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander this is a Cockpit USA 'one to watch' on a rainy day.