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3.0 out of 5 stars A landmark movie seen through modern eyes, 24 July 2009
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I like All Quite on the Western Front and am happy that such effort has been put into restoring it. A Landmark Movie without doubt, but the kind of movie that requires an aquired taste.

After its breakthrough role in cinema this movie has indeed been outdone. For all its effort and in 1930 it was quite a bit - to a modern viewer the overacting and melodrama is over the top.

It still retains a quite some charm and unlike movies today that try to take an objective view and let the viewer decide (at least on the surface) this movie hides none of its intention - It is and always will be the first great anti war movie.

Still like most movies from a glorious past a number of more recent films are more accessable, Fields of Glory, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now and Days of Glory to name a few. It will always have its die hard fans that will never see any flaws but to a more average viewer it is far from certain they will enjoy it.

Recommended for lovers of old cinema and history.
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Initial post: 7 Mar 2012 09:44:44 GMT
A. Holliday says:
''to a modern viewer the overacting and melodrama is over the top
Hmmm. Melodrama...Quentin Tarantino anyone?

Re the overacting - you have a point but it's not really over-acting. It's silent film acting. This is intentional. The film was made and released in both sound and silent versions so it could be released and played everywhere on the planet (and then subsequently banned in various countries over the next couple of decades). The recent blu-ray release includes the full silent version as an 'extra' and it can easily be seen that this is what the performances are deliberately geared toward. Despite the famous dialogue (eg. Lew Ayres talking to students in his old school) the film is essentially a silent film and the acting for that medium is superb. But it is a little odd with dialogue added, no doubt about it.
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