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All Quiet on the Western Front
Academy Award Classics

This 1930 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel created a sensation at a time usually associated with the Hollywood escapism of musicals and romantic comedy. It’s a testament to the film’s message that during its run in Germany, the Nazi regime sent squads of brownshirts into theaters to shout “Jewish Film,” set off stink bombs, and even attack audience members.  Even today, in the era of Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan, All Quiet on the Western Front retains its power in its depiction of a group of starry-eyed students coming up against the terrible realities of modern warfare.

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