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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
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I prefer to watch a movie in the original language now and then and don't mind at all reading subtitles (though like anyone else, I can be lazy) and it's the subtitles alone that cause me to give a 9, not a 10. One less for the lazy folks like me.
OK, that's out of the way. This movie, Westfront 1918 is very well done. I didn't find it ridiculously melodramatic and filth was everywhere. I've never understood war movies where everyone is clean. I could sense the fear, the anger, the casualness of it all. At one point a member of the main core of characters his out in no man's land dead, and though no one is happy about it, the 'what are you going to do?' attitude is just so believable.
Now and then it's a tad corny, but it WAS made in 1930, you have to expect it. I felt for the characters and their situation, even Karl's wife and that's all I can say about that.
I love war movies. I love the excitement and films depicting people at the best (and even worst) when life is literally on the line. This movie does that and does it very well. It holds it's own even after 84 years.
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