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Westfront 1918: Vier von Der Infanterie

Janus Films ; ein NERO-Tonfilm ; Drehbuch, Ladislaus Vajda ; Regie, G.W. Pabst ; Verleih, Ver. Star-Film ; Nero-Film
Format
Video; DVD
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.
Director
G.W. Pabst
Performers
Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, H. J. Moebis, Claus Clausen, Jackie Monnier, Hanna Hoessrich, Else Heller.
Release Date
1930
Run Time
96 min.
Language
In German and French with optional English subtitles
Rating
MPAA rating: Not rated
Notes
  • 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.
Variant Title
Vier von der Infanterie
Edition
DVD special edition
Series
The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection
Series Statement
The Criterion collection ; 907
Criterion collection ; 907
ISBN
9781681433943, 168143394X, 9780715515204, 0715515209
Credits
Directors of photography, F.A.Wagner, Ch. Métain ; music by Alexander Laszlo ; edited by Jean Oser.
Published
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
Publisher no.
CC2844D The Criterion Collection
Description
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded booklet (12 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
DVD; region 1, NTSC; fullscreen (4:3 presentation); Dolby digital 1.0.
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