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Wooden Crosses (1932)
"Les croix de bois" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  17 March 1932 (France)
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The young and patriotic student Demachy joins the French army in 1914 to defend his country. But he and his comrades soon experience the terrifying, endless trench war in Champagne, where ... See full summary »

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Adjudant Gilbert Demachy
Gabriel Gabrio ...
Sulphart
Charles Vanel ...
Caporal Breval
Raymond Aimos ...
Soldat Fouillard (as Aimos)
Antonin Artaud ...
Soldat Vieublé (as Artaud A.)
Paul Azaïs ...
Soldat Broucke
René Bergeron ...
Soldat Hamel (as Bergeron)
Raymond Cordy ...
Soldat Vairon (as R. Cordy)
Marcel Delaître ...
Sergent Berthier (as Delaitre)
Jean Galland ...
Capitaine Cruchet (as Galland)
Pierre Labry ...
Soldat Bouffioux, le cuistot (as Labry Pierre)
Geo Laby ...
Soldat Belin (as Laby Géo)
René Montis ...
Lieutenant Morache (as Montis)
Jean-François Martial ...
Soldat Lemoine (as J.F. Martial)
Marc Valbel ...
Maroux (as Valbel)
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The young and patriotic student Demachy joins the French army in 1914 to defend his country. But he and his comrades soon experience the terrifying, endless trench war in Champagne, where more and more wooden crosses have to be erected for this cannon fodder. Written by fa404748 (Gent, Belgium)

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to compare this meaningless mess with "All Quiet on the Western Front" is sacrilege

The Horrors of war - need we be reminded of them? The reasons for war -yes, that is important to point out and especially that all wars that are fought today between countries are toy wars, because if they were real, they would be nuclear and not allowed.

Now, civil wars, that's different. Those have to be fought with smaller weapons and not atom bombs, since they are fought on common territory and not on foreign land, where an atom bomb or two doesn't matter much for your own survival.

"All Quiet On the Western Front" did try to explain a little the reasons for war and we realized what is meant by canon-fodder. This mess of a film delivers no attempts on explanation and just show the horror as if that would go away by showing it. And it is really not much horror which is shown, instead there is plenty of stupidity, which, I admit, is more horrible than maybe the worst horror. This film reminds me of the reports from the Balcan War. We got reports of all the horrors but not even one decent discussion about the conflict.

Explanations and philosophy demand mental work. This film is mental laziness.


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