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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
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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 ... 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)
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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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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

17 March 1932 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wooden Crosses See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé-Natan See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into The Road to Glory (1936) See more »

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Ave Maria
Written by Franz Schubert
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Terrific dark anti-war WWI film
30 June 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Terrific dark anti-war WWI film, light years ahead of it's time stylistically, with battle scenes that rival (and clearly inspired) Kubrick's great 'Paths of Glory'.

More cynical, cutting, and real than 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. The film focuses on the various members of a battalion who are basically canon fodder. There's no real lead, just an observation of these slowly hardening men, as a group, and no real plot, just a series of episodes.

Not every episode is as strong as the other, but enough are so powerful they make this a special and important film, amazingly directed for its time.


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