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5.0 out of 5 stars
best war (anti war) film ever, 15 May 2005
I first saw this film many years ago and was immediately taken in by its pure genius . Written and acted way way before its time. What first strikes you is the difference in attitude from then to now. All brainwashed by a patriotic teacher the characters go together to fight in the trenches of ww1. thinking themselves doing the right thing and truly believing that it is going to be one big adventure and that they will all return as heroes to the flag waving public.the boys soon find out at training camp that it is no picnic. So eventually its off to war and greeted by old warhorses who soon teach them that life on the front line is dog eat dog. Scrapping for the last morsal, for days pinned down by shelling from enemy lines . Death affects every one of them as friends dissappear or die.The most touching part is after an assault on french enemy lines the main character has to spend the night in a shell crater when losing his platoon stranded in no mans land.The nignt is not spent alone, a french soldier he has killed lies there looking at him all night.an ending you dont expect shows there is no glory in war.Although made in 1930 the film is superbly acted and very atmospheric.No plastic explosions to hide weak story lines that many films of today must have to hide their lack of content. and much better than the remake with richard thomas made in the eighties. Had this film been created and released today no one else would have to turn up at the oscars. Your war collection will only be complete when this is purchased for your collection..