Westfront 1918

Westfront 1918

Directed by G.W. Pabst • 1930 • Germany

G. W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the final months of World War I, Pabst illustrates the harrowing ordeals of battle with unprecedented naturalism, as the men are worn away in body and spirit by firefights, shelling, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front. Long unavailable, the newly restored WESTFRONT 1918 is a visceral, sobering antiwar statement that is as urgent today as when it was made.

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Westfront 1918
  • Westfront 1918

    Directed by G.W. Pabst • 1930 • Germany

    G. W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the fina...

Extras

  • Les dossiers de l’écran, 1969

    In this November 12, 1969, episode of the French television show “Les dossiers de l’écran,” several French and German veterans of World War I, as well as two authors of books on the war, reflect on a broadcast of WESTFRONT 1918.

  • Jan-Christopher Horak on WESTFRONT 1918

    In this 2016 interview, Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, discusses the importance of WESTFRONT 1918 to director G. W. Pabst’s career.

  • Jean Oser on WESTFRONT 1918

    In 1988, Jean Oser, the editor of WESTFRONT 1918, recorded these audio responses to questions sent to him by film scholar Hermann Barth.

  • WESTFRONT 1918: Restoration Demonstration