All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

#12. All Quiet on the Western Front

"Seeing the atrocities of war through our enemies, will inevitably humanize them.  And when all is mud and muck, the Germans are little different than the French.

It is through the eyes of our enemy, that we can better see ourselves."

War is hell.  War never changes.

These omens are not of nature.  They are man-made.  They are of our own creation, and have haunted us since the dawn of our existence.

Told from the perspective of young German soldiers, buoyed with nationalism and false promises from old pompous men in Ivory towers, the futility and bleakness of war is never more apparent.  Where a 100,000 men would die in a single day, to gain mere meters on the frontline.  Only to lose it the very next day, 10 fold.

The strength of cinema allows us to see the atrocities of war through the eyes of our enemies.  To inevitably humanize them.  Because when all is mud and muck, the men in German uniforms are no different than the French.

It is through the eyes of our enemy, that we better see ourselves.

 

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