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Westfront 1918

G. W. Pabst

Westfront 1918 (Criterion Blu-Ray)

30 Jan 2018


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.


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


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

Other Editions

Westfront 1918 (Criterion DVD)

30 Jan 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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