Not Rated | | Drama, War
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
The first sound film of director Lewis Milestone.
Man cleaning doorknob:
Maid: From the Russians?
Man cleaning doorknob: No, from the French. From the Russians we capture more than that every day.
In the last scene Paul reaches over the trench with his left hand to touch (?) the butterfly but the succeeding close up is of his right hand.
Later reissues of the film mentioned that the film was an Academy Award winner in the opening credits.
The silent (synchronized sound, non-dialogue) version is 133 minutes long and was restored by the Library of Congress. It was prepared for Universal's own cinemas (they were one of the last exhibitors to convert to sound) and shown in France and Australia and possibly elsewhere, but never in Britain until Sunday 23 November 2003.
English, French, German, Latin
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