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All Quiet on the Western Front Notes11/09/2014Directed by Lewis Milestone (1930)“This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face withit. It will try simple to tell of a generation of men who, even though they haveescaped it, were destroyed by the war”Black and white film, OLD as fuckFirst scene: soldiers are proceeding down a street in GermanyParade, celebration: music, cheering crowds, People think the war will end soon, few lossesTeacher is talking to young German boyso“You are the iron men of Germany.”oEncouraging the boys to enlist in the armyScene with a boy in uniform – mother is upset but the father is proud (boy follows the father’s reaction)The boys would be “heroes”“Sweet and fitting it is to die for the Fatherland”“Personal ambition must be thrown aside” for the FatherlandoAll the boys want to go and fight – Paul BäumerThey convinced their friend Behm to enlistoThe boys are singing and celebrating while going to the draft°Second scene: the boys have gotten their uniforms and are starting to trainMüllerHimmelstoss (their teacher) is their drill sergeant – strict, teaching them the “real” version of trainingo“Forget what you’re being and what you’re going to be” or he’ll kill themo

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