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Westfront 1918 (1930)
"Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie" (original title)

TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  23 May 1930 (Germany)
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A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fritz Kampers ...
Der Bayer - The Bavarian
Gustav Diessl ...
Karl
Hans-Joachim Möbis ...
Der Student (as H.J. Moebis)
Claus Clausen ...
Der Leutnant - The Lieutenant
Jackie Monnier ...
Yvette - Die Französin
Hanna Hoessrich ...
Karl's Frau - Karl's Wife
Else Heller ...
Karl's Mutter - Karl's Mother
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A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily terror fills their lives as the attacks on and from the French army ebb and flow. One of the men, Karl, goes home on leave only to discover the degradation forced on his family by wartime poverty. He returns to the lines in time to face an enormous attack by French tanks. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance | War

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23 May 1930 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Comrades of 1918  »

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(Janus print)

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(Tobis-Klangfilm)

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1.20 : 1
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8 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although this covers the same broad subject matter as "All Quiet", there is a different and welcome perspective and the film making is very definitely more European in style, harder edged and more matter of fact, which I have to say I prefer. For the English speaking audience it does suffer in that it has not been cared for and restored in the same way as "All Quiet". The version I saw had some rather jarring (at least to my English ears) subtitles, which showed that the UK and the USA are indeed two countries divided by a common language. I'm not sure what German words translate as "What in tarnation". Having said that the film was powerful, innovative and quite startling in its use of sound, which we should bear in mind had only been in use for 3 years or so. If someone knows where there is a restored version for the English speaking audience (preferably on DVD) I will be first in the queue


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