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Westfront 1918

G. W. Pabst

 
Westfront 1918 (Criterion Blu-Ray)

30 Jan 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Germany
  • 1930
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • German
  •  
  • Spine #907

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.

Cast

The BavarianFritz Kampers
KarlGustav Diessl
The studentH. J. Moebis
The lieutenantClaus Clausen
Yvette, the FrenchwomanJackie Monnier
Karl’s wifeHanna Hoessrich
Karl’s motherElse Heller

Credits

DirectorG. W. Pabst
Screenplay byLadislaus Vajda
From the novel Four Infantrymen on the Western Front byErnst Johannsen
Photographed byFritz Arno Wagner and Charles Métain
Music byAlexander Laszlo
Edited byJean Oser
Art direction byErnö Metzner
Sound recordistKarl Brodmerkel
Sound editingW. L. Bagier Jr.
Produced bySeymour Nebenzal

Disc Features

  • 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Hour-long French television broadcast of World War I veterans reacting to the film in 1969
  • Interview from 2016 with film scholar Jan-Christopher Horak
  • New restoration demonstration featuring Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller of the Deutsche Kinemathek
  • Brief audio interview from 1988 with editor Jean Oser
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by author and critic Luc Sante

Film Essays

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Westfront 1918: War Is Hell

By Luc Sante January 30, 2018

In his first sound film, silent-era master G. W. Pabst captures both the familial camaraderie and everyday brutality of life in the trenches. Read more »

10 Things I Learned


Video

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War Veterans React to the Realism of Westfront 1918

February 02, 2018

On the fiftieth-anniversary commemoration of the armistice that ended World War I, the French television program Les dossiers de l’écran showed G. W. Pabst’s Westfront 1918 to a group of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28137id_029_thumbnail

Westfront 1918: War Is Hell

By Luc Sante January 30, 2018

In his first sound film, silent-era master G. W. Pabst captures both the familial camaraderie and everyday brutality of life in the trenches. Read more »

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Westfront 1918 (Criterion DVD)

30 Jan 2018

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