Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie / Westfront 1918

TitleWestfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie / Westfront 1918
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1930
AuthorsPabst, Georg Wilhelm
Running Time1h 36 min
Date Released05/23/1930
Publication LanguageGerman

Westfront 1918 is a German film from 1930, directed  by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and based on the novel, Vier von der Infanterie (Four from the Infantry) by Ernst Johannsen. It is set mostly in the trenches of the Western Front during World War I and focuses on the impact of the war on a group of infantrymen. The film bears resemblance to its close contemporary, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), an American production, although it has a bleaker tone. It was particularly pioneering in its early use of sound, and became known as Pabst's first “talkie,” in which he managed to record live audio during complex tracking shots through the trenches.

Original PublicationWestfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie
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