War Films of the Modern Age

War in the Modern Age

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

“This story is neither an accusation nor a confession and, least of all, an adventure because death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war…”

With these opening lines written across the screen, the Oscar-winning Best Picture, “All Quiet on the Western Front” began its spiraling road of death, destruction, futility, and dreams turned into nightmares courtesy of a war that was billed as “the war to end all wars.”

The Thin Red Line

Few films have aroused higher expectations than The Thin Red Line, the first movie written and directed by Terrence Malick since he unveiled Days of Heaven 20 years ago. Days contained some of the most rapturous and mysterious images ever to shimmer on-screen. What people have tended to forget is that it also featured characters…

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