One of my favourite anti-war films . What is your opinion of this vintage classic ?
Your post reminded me of a story concerning an earlier film 'What Price Glory' (1926) a silent film starring Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe. In the film they had to talk to each other in the trenches, then a caption card would come up. They had no script, and were swearing at each other. Some woman went to see the film, who was deaf and dumb, and could lip read, and wrote to Fox Films to say it was the most disgusting film she had ever seen.
Hi Robert, the film you're thinking of is Abel Gance's "J'Accuse!" or "I Accuse" 1919, it was the one with the dead soldiers rising, the end of "All Quiet" is with the young German soldier reaching out to the only thing of beauty on the battlefield, a butterfly, a shot rings out, and he dies.
One of the German lads I met at a Blackpool beano, worked for a TV company in Cologne, and was involved in putting improved sound
onto the German print.
Agree with David, the remake was very good, especially Borgnine as the old war horse, it was a very good remake, with a twist to the
butterfly at the end. I used to have the Walton 2x400, it was a nice edit. The B/W original was a classic in every sense, the end is heart breakingly sad.