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Old November 9th, 2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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WWI Movies at UCLA


UCLA is showing a bunch of WWI films in the next month. Have any of you seen these, if so which would you recommend?

Broken Lullaby; Westfront 1918; Verdun, Visions d'Histoire; Many Wars Ago; War Requiem; The Road Back; Johnny Got His Gun; Oh! What a Lovely War

https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2...odiest-battles

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Old November 12th, 2016, 03:05 PM   #2
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I'm kind of a sucker for old anti-war movies, so you can't trust my ratings, but here goes. Summary -- I'd recommend all three of the ones I've seen.

Westfront 1918 -- Reminiscent of All Quiet on the Western Front, but bleaker and if I remember correctly (I saw it on TCM some years ago), more concerned with character. I liked it a lot.

The Road Back -- This is essentially a sequel to Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and I'm a Remarque fan. Good mass market American film. After this came Three Comrades, which I liked better.

Oh, What a Lovely War! Very good. Came out during the Vietnam War, and is heavily influenced by late 60s anti-war feelings.
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Old December 9th, 2016, 03:41 PM   #3
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UCLA is showing a bunch of WWI films in the next month. Have any of you seen these, if so which would you recommend?

Broken Lullaby; Westfront 1918; Verdun, Visions d'Histoire; Many Wars Ago; War Requiem; The Road Back; Johnny Got His Gun; Oh! What a Lovely War

https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2...odiest-battles

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Yeah, thanks! I guess it's a Veteran's Day deal where various colleges and Universities across the country off these sort of "film festivals" in honor of the origin of the holiday. (The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month...) from the end of WWI.
Always been a huge WWI buff, and I went to a local college last month and saw both "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Johnny..." I also attended a couple lectures.
Somebody once said (shelby foote?) that all you had to know about what it was like to fight in the Civil War could be obtained by reading "The Red Badge of Courage." (a pity they screwed the pooch on the movie, eh?).

Well, I might say the same about WAR IN GENERAL, with the insanely great "All Quiet." Which of course was banned for many years. And that is also a case where the movie, I think, does justice to the novel.

I have come to realize that most war is madness. But for some reason the madness of the "war to end all wars" never ceases to amaze me. Every year or two for a month or so I get caught-up again on a WWI tangent and I'll read a couple books and see a couple movies on it. And the apocalyptic casualty numbers never fail to make me shake my head. True horror, my friend.

One would've thought we would have learned our lesson, huh?
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Old December 26th, 2016, 03:44 PM   #4

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I'm not afraid to admit that I like to be entertained by movies with some historical value.
I like the 2008 movie The Red Baron, the 1987 move The Lighthorsemen, and Lawrence of Arabia. I find the entire story of the slaughter on the Western Front to be disheartening though, but I like the 2008 Canadian film Passchendaele.

If learning facts is all I'm looking for, the written word or a documentary is preferred. Historical movies are becoming unpopular in the US. I don't think I can take one more superhero movie.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 05:07 PM   #5

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I've heard Westfront 1918 is better than All Quiet on the Western Front, but haven't seen it. I've always wanted to however, because All Quiet on the Western Front is probably my favorite movie from that era.
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