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Title Westfront 1918 [videorecording] : Vier von der Infanterie / ein NERO-Tonfilm ; Drehbuch, Ladislaus Vajda ; Regie, G.W. Pabst ; Verleih, Ver. Star-Film ; Nero-Film.

Publication Info. [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD    WES    Available
Edition DVD special edition.
Description 1 videodisc (96 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded booklet (12 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
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Physical Medium DVD video 4 3/4 in. rda
Description digital optical stereo Dolby Digital 1.0 rda
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Series The Criterion collection ; 907
Criterion collection ; 907.
System Details DVD; region 1, NTSC; fullscreen (4:3 presentation); Dolby digital 1.0.
Language In German and French with optional English subtitles.
Cast Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, H. J. Moebis, Claus Clausen, Jackie Monnier, Hanna Hoessrich, Else Heller.
Credits Directors of photography, F.A.Wagner, Ch. Métain ; music by Alexander Laszlo ; edited by Jean Oser.
Note Title from title frame.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1930.
Based on the novel Vier von der Infanterie / Ernst Johannsen.
1.19:1 aspect ratio.
A 2K digital restoration by the Deutsche Kinemathek in cooperation with the British Film Institute.
Special features: Les dossiers de l'écran (hour-long French television broadcast of World War veterans reacting to the film in 1969); 2016 interview with film scholar Jan-Christopher Hora; new restoration demonstration featuring Martin Koerber and Julia Wallmüller of the Deutsche Kinemathek; brief audio interview from 1988 with editor Jean Oster; in booklet: essay by author and critic Luc Sante.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary 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 the director's native 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, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front.
Subject World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France -- Drama.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Drama.
Genre/Form War films.
Historical films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Added Author Pabst, G. W. (Georg Wilhelm), 1885-1967, film director.
Vajda, Ladislaus, 1877-1933, screenwriter.
Wagner, Fritz Arno, 1894-1958, director of photography.
Métain, Charles, director of photography.
Laszlo, Alexander, composer (expression)
Oser, Jean, 1908-2002, editor of moving image work.
Kampers, Fritz, actor.
Diessl, Gustav, 1899-1948, actor.
Moebis, H. J. (Hans Joachim), 1902-1976, actor.
Clausen, Claus, 1899-1989, actor.
Monnier, Jackie, actor.
Hoessrich, Hanna, actor.
Heller, Else, -1930, actor.
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Johannsen, Ernst, 1898-1977. Vier von der Infanterie.
Sante, Luc, writer of supplementary textual material.
Nero-Film A.G., production company.
Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
ISBN 9781681433943
Standard No. 715515209212
Music No. CC2844D The Criterion Collection

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