Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

Saturday, August 25, 2012

2:00 PM

(USA/1930—directed by Lewis Milestone)
As World War I gets underway, a group of idealistic German schoolboys are persuaded by their war-hungry professor to come to the aid of their country by enlisting in the military. Lewis Milestone’s groundbreaking epic All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the greatest of all anti-war films, and its power to shock and disturb has barely diminished over the decades. Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s celebrated novel, All Quiet on the Western Front makes extraordinary use of sound (a less-effective silent version was shot simultaneously) and much of the relentless, graphic imagery – coupled with a daringly unpredictable structure – remains nearly unparalleled in its power to evoke the terrors of combat. What may be most remarkable for today’s audiences, however, are the film’s superb performances, led by a now almost-forgotten cast, including John Wray, Slim Summerville, Russell Gleason, Lew Ayres and the great Louis Wolheim. In English. (133 min.)
 
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 

All screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.

The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.