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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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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Blanchar ...
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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Horror is timeless,
1 April 2000 | by (Champ sur Drac, France) – See all my reviews

War, war in all its ugliness and yet humanity surviving it... The book, based on Roland Dorgeles life during the Great War is one of the best of its kind. Pathetic scenes, occasionally humour, mud and rats and schrapnell and the revolting odor of death.

This movie like the book has been made with guts and feelings. It aims at showing what was then believed to have been the "very last war of all times".

Verdun, thunder and lightnings, Hell. Difficult to match in horror but we are only in 1932 and the 3rd Reich will soon not be watching the same kind of cinema.

I have seen very old men crying in front of their TV screen watching "les croix de bois", watching their lives...40, 50, 60, 70 years before...


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