• France
  • 1932
  • 113 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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Hailed by the New York Times on its Paris release as “one of the great films in motion picture history,” Raymond Bernard’s Wooden Crosses, France’s answer to All Quiet on the Western Front, still stuns with its depiction of the travails of one French regiment during World War I. Using a masterful arsenal of film techniques, from haunting matte paintings to jarring documentary-like camerawork in the film’s battle sequences, Bernard created a pacifist work of enormous empathy and chilling despair. No one who has ever seen this technical and emotional powerhouse has been able to forget it.

Cast

Gilbert DemachyPierre Blanchar
SulphartGabriel Gabrio
Caporal BrévalCharles Vanel
FouillardRaymond Aimos
VieubléAntonin Artaud
BrouckePaul Azais
HamelRené Bergeron
VaironRaymond Cordy

Credits

DirectorRaymond Bernard
ScreenplayAndré Lang
Based on the novel byRoland Dorgelès
CinematographyJules Kruger and René Ribault
Art directionJean Perrier
EditingLucien Grumberg

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By Michael KoreskyJuly 23, 2007

It’s hard to think of an artist who better exemplifies the obscuring ebb and flow of film . . . Read more »