All Quiet on the Western Front
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This film, released in 1930, is based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque and tells the story of young World War I German recruits who pass from idealism to disillusionment.
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Title card: "This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war..."
Schoolmaster: "If you remember some deed of heroism; some touch of humility -- tell about it." Paul Bäumer: "I can't tell you anything you don't know... We live in the trenches out there... We fight... We try not to be killed... Sometimes we are... That's all..." Schoolmaster: "No! ...No, Paul!" Paul Bäumer: "I've been there! I know what it's like!" Schoolmaster: "But that's not what one dwells on, Paul!" Paul Bäumer: "I heard you in here reciting that same old stuff -- Making more "Iron Men"; more young heroes... You still think it's beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don't you? Well, we used to think you knew. The first bombardment taught us better. So dirty, and painful to die for your country... When it comes to dying for your country, it's better not to die at all! There are millions out there dying for their countries... And what good is it..."
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