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Westfront 1918 [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1930]

Release Date:01/30/2018
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    Special Features

    • 2K Digital Restoration
    • Brief Audio Interview from 1988 with Editor Jean Oser
    • Hour-long French television broadcast of World War I veterans reacting to the film in 1969
    • Interview from 2016 with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak
    • New English subtitle translation
    • New restoration demonstration featuring Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller of the Deutsche Kinemathek
    • Plus: An essay by author and critic Luc Sante


    Westfront 1918
    Westfront 1918 (aka Comrades of 1918) was the first talkie effort from German filmmaker G. W. Pabst, which he made for Nero Films, a production company headed up by Seymour Nebenzahl. Like the contemporary Hollywood production All Quiet on the Western Front, Pabst's film is a bitter, melancholy antiwar statement. The story concentrates on four German soldiers, sent to the front in the waning days of World War 1. The futility of killing an enemy who is already dead spiritually, and of being killed for a cause that has for all intents and purposes been resolved, is brought home to the viewer with both barrels. The astonishingly fluid camerawork of Fritz Arno puts the spectator in the thick of the battle, and the effect is both terrifying and heartbreaking To watch only a few moments of Westfront 1918, one might think that Pabst had been making sound pictures all his life, rather than a mere couple of months. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Fritz Kampers - The Bavarian
    • Gustav Diessl
      Gustav Diessl - Karl
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      Hans Joachim Moebis - The Student
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      Claus Clausen - The Lieutenant
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      Else Heller - Karl's mother

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