7.8/10
982
16 user 19 critic

Wooden Crosses (1932)

Les croix de bois (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , War | 17 March 1932 (France)
World War 1 begins and a young man enlists to fight for his country.

Director:

Raymond Bernard
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The lives of numerous people over the course of 20 years in 19th century France, weaved together by the story of an ex-convict named Jean Valjean on the run from an obsessive police inspector, who pursues him for only a minor offense.

Director: Raymond Bernard
Stars: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Paul Azaïs
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis
Kameradschaft (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Ernst Busch
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of trench life during World War I through the lives of a French regiment. As men are killed and replaced jaunty Lt. Denet becomes more and more somber. His rival for the affection of nurse Monique is Capt. La Roche.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi
J'accuse! (1919)
Drama | Horror | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of two men, one married, the other the lover of the other's wife, who meet in the trenches of the First World War, and how their tale becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war.

Director: Abel Gance
Stars: Romuald Joubé, Maxime Desjardins, Séverin-Mars
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Charles Vanel, Raymond Aimos
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood.

Director: Sacha Guitry
Stars: Sacha Guitry, Adolphe Borchard, Marcel Lucien
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Seeking better life, two convicts escape from prison.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Blanchar ... Adjudant Gilbert Demachy
Gabriel Gabrio ... Sulphart
Charles Vanel ... Caporal Breval
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Soldat Fouillard (as Aimos)
Antonin Artaud ... Soldat Vieublé (as Artaud A.)
Paul Azaïs Paul Azaïs ... Soldat Broucke
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Soldat Hamel (as Bergeron)
Raymond Cordy ... Soldat Vairon (as R. Cordy)
Marcel Delaître Marcel Delaître ... Sergent Berthier (as Delaitre)
Jean Galland ... Capitaine Cruchet (as Galland)
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... Soldat Bouffioux, le cuistot (as Labry Pierre)
Geo Laby Geo Laby ... Soldat Belin (as Laby Géo)
René Montis René Montis ... Lieutenant Morache (as Montis)
Jean-François Martial Jean-François Martial ... Soldat Lemoine (as J.F. Martial)
Marc Valbel Marc Valbel ... Maroux (as Valbel)
Edit

Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

17 March 1932 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wooden Crosses See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé-Natan See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The Road to Glory (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Written by Franz Schubert
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The tedium of war
7 December 2009 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

My summary seems to imply I found this film tedious. No, that's not the case. If anything it's very close to a masterpiece. There's not enough space to recount its memorable sequences. In fact everything about it is memorable. What stands out is the way war reduces individuals to cogs in a machine of death and destruction. A person's background, education, social standing, his worth as a person, counts for nothing. All that matters is his ability to run headlong into a volley of bullets in what is surely diametrically opposed to his instinct for survival. The politics of war are useless, nobody really cares why they're fighting. They only want to stay alive. This is best portrayed in the scenes of the tunnel dug by the Germans to place explosives under the French positions. The French soldiers know full well what is about to happen but their superiors do nothing to protect them and in scene after scene they wait for the sound of the digging to stop. When they're relieved they rush to shoulder their packs and hurry out of their now compromised safe-place seemingly unconcerned for their replacements. They're safely away when the explosion takes place. All we see is the plume of smoke and are left to imagine the horror above, like the soldiers, who continue on their way, only too glad to be alive. And this is only one vignette of the many that make up this film. But if there's one thing it brings out most vividly is how tedious war is. As a civilian I have a distorted view of war as ceaseless combat. Intellectually I know this to be false but our arts concentrate on the action in war and ignore the endless hours in-between, when nothing happens and soldiers just wait and wait and wait. "Wooden Crosses" portrays this tedium better than any other I know of. We, the viewers, get caught up in it, are oppressed by it and want to turn away but can't because we have become involved in the nearly anonymous soldiers and want to see them come out alive even though we have come to expect the worst. This is not an easy film to watch. But it should be required viewing.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed