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World War One: Regenerations

Westfront 1918

Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie

The film that Hitler didn’t want his citizens to see.

Image from Westfront 1918

Germany 1930
Dir GW Pabst
With Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis, Claus Clausen
93min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Almost unbearably realistic in the depiction of war and battle, Westfront 1918 must have been a literal shock to audiences who had never heard the sound of grenades and machine guns. GW Pabst’s strong pacifist statement was banned by the Nazi dictatorship three years after the film’s release on the grounds that it ‘undermined the people’s will for defence,’ and ‘endangered crucial interests of the state.’


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