History Literature / AllQuietOnTheWesternFront

20th Jan '18 6:14:59 AM Aquila89
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In 1930, an American film adaptation was made, directed by Lewis Milestone. It won the Best Picture [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] and is often considered to be the TropeMaker of the modern war drama. It is also quite possibly the first really great sound film, made after Hollywood spent a couple of years struggling with the new medium of talkies. It has a place on the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.

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In 1930, an American film adaptation was made, directed by Lewis Milestone.Milestone and starring Creator/LewAyres as Paul. It won the Best Picture [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] and is often considered to be the TropeMaker of the modern war drama. It is also quite possibly the first really great sound film, made after Hollywood spent a couple of years struggling with the new medium of talkies. It has a place on the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry.
3rd Dec '17 12:20:39 PM Aquila89
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It had a sequel of sorts, ''The Road Back'', published in 1931.



It had a sequel, ''The Road Back''.

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It had a sequel, ''The Road Back''.

3rd Dec '17 12:51:56 AM nero666
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It had a sequel, ''Literature/TheRoadBack''.

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It had a sequel, ''Literature/TheRoadBack''.
''The Road Back''.
8th Nov '17 9:02:30 AM RedScharlach
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Many of the elements of the narrative correspond to Remarque's own experiences, and the book has strong autobiographic undertones.

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Many of the elements of the narrative correspond to Remarque's own experiences, and the book has strong autobiographic autobiographical undertones.



* AnyoneCanDie: Almost every important character in the battlefront is killed off, or at least horribly maimed to the point that their injuries are traumatic to their surviving friends. [[spoiler:This includes Paul himself.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: Almost every important character in on the battlefront is killed off, or at least horribly maimed to the point that their injuries are traumatic to their surviving friends. [[spoiler:This includes Paul himself.]]



* CombatPragmatist: Kat quickly disabuses Paul and his batch of recruits of useless training they received, saying how it looks pretty on paper but is ultimately impractical. Case in point, he explains how in close melee they'll die trying to get a bayonet thrust in- [[ShovelStrike sharpened shovels]] are better when someone is right in your face.

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* CombatPragmatist: Kat quickly disabuses Paul and his batch of recruits of about the useless training they received, saying how it looks pretty on paper but is ultimately impractical. Case in point, he explains how in close melee they'll die trying to get a bayonet thrust in- in -- [[ShovelStrike sharpened shovels]] are better when someone is right in your face.



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Taken to ridiculous levels when Paul casually mentions that the Russians used to be so bored [[TooMuchInformation that it was common to walk into a whole cell getting off at once.]]

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Taken to ridiculous levels when Paul casually mentions that the Russians used to be so bored [[TooMuchInformation that it was common to walk into a whole cell of them getting off at once.]]



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Tjaden is occasionally described as "delivering the most famous quote from ''Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen''." Quoting Goethe seems harmless enough, right? Wrong, since the quote in question is: "Er aber, sags ihm, er kann mich im Arsche lecken". This is German for "But he, tell him that, he can lick me inside my arse!"

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Tjaden is occasionally described as "delivering the most famous quote from ''Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen''." Quoting Goethe seems harmless enough, right? Wrong, since the quote in question is: "Er aber, sags ihm, er kann mich im Arsche lecken". This is German for "But he, tell him that, this, he can lick me inside my arse!"



* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap : An interesting non-sci-fi example. One of the soldiers in the story is overjoyed when he discovers ''an actual cherry tree in bloom'' during a march across the countryside to a new position. Since he (and the others) have spent entire weeks at the frontline, this is hardly suprising - the frontline being [[{{CorpseLand}} a lifeless war-torn muddy wasteland]] and all.

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* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap : OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: An interesting non-sci-fi example. One of the soldiers in the story is overjoyed when he discovers ''an actual cherry tree in bloom'' during a march across the countryside to a new position. Since he (and the others) have spent entire weeks at the frontline, this is hardly suprising surprising - the frontline being [[{{CorpseLand}} a lifeless war-torn muddy wasteland]] and all.



* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Himmelstoss; is awarded an Iron Cross (2nd Class) in the 1979 movie - by Wilhelm II in person, no less.

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* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: Himmelstoss; Himmelstoss is awarded an Iron Cross (2nd Class) in the 1979 movie - by Wilhelm II in person, no less.
30th Oct '17 3:28:25 AM Kooshmeister
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It had a sequel, ''Literature/TheRoadBack''.
29th Oct '17 8:02:21 PM Kooshmeister
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* FoodPorn: The book frequently describes all the food the soldiers eat in great detail.
10th Oct '17 1:55:30 PM SantosLHalper
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* SerratedBladeOfPain: The narrator mentions that veterans on the front take away from new soldiers any sawtooth bayonets they find on them, as anyone captured with them is killed outright rather than taken prisoner.

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* SerratedBladeOfPain: The narrator mentions that veterans on the front take away from new soldiers any sawtooth bayonets they find on them, as anyone captured with them is killed outright and gruesomely mutilated rather than taken prisoner.
9th May '17 6:26:38 AM fdiaperhead
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* PrussiansInPickelhauben: Obviously.

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* PrussiansInPickelhauben: UsefulNotes/PrussiansInPickelhauben: Obviously.
6th May '17 12:24:14 PM fruitstripegum
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* CallBack: Fairly early in the film, as Paul and his squad are marching into a combat zone for the first time, there's a shot of Paul and several other soldiers looking back at the truck that dropped them off. At the end, after every soldier in that shot has been killed, the shot of each soldier looking back is repeated.



* CallBack: Fairly early in the film, as Paul and his squad are marching into a combat zone for the first time, there's a shot of Paul and several other soldiers looking back at the truck that dropped them off. At the end, after every soldier in that shot has been killed, the shot of each soldier looking back is repeated.



* LudicrousGibs: Very few characters die in subtle ways. Almost all the French soldiers charging and the Germans get gibbed by artillery shells.



* LudicrousGibs: Very few characters die in subtle ways. Almost all the French soldiers charging and the Germans get gibbed by artillery shells.
27th Apr '17 5:30:57 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* SwarmOfRats: There are tons of rats that gorge themselves on the countless corpses on the battlefield. They grow so large and bold that they are able to swarm and kill dogs and cats at one point.
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