To End All Wars

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  • 30 October 2008
Joyeux Noel

To mark Remembrance Sunday and commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of WWI this excellent season combines war films – All Quiet on The Western Front (1930), Paths of Glory, Oh What a Lovely War! and Joyeux Noel (pictured) – with short archive films from the Scottish Screen and Imperial War Museum collections.

GFT, Glasgow from Tue 4 Nov

Paths of Glory

  • 1957
  • US
  • 1h 26min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Written by: Screenplay:, Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson, Calder Willingham
  • Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

New print of this moving portrayal of the madness of war. Three men are selected for trial for cowardice after the unsurprising failure of a futile World War I mission. Douglas is superb as the defence lawyer during the court martial scenes, shot on location in a French castle. Kubrick's lengthy tracking shots through the…

All Quiet On The Western Front

  • 1930
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lewis Milestone
  • Written by: Erich Maria Remarque (novel), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation & dialogue), George Abbott (screenplay), Del Andrews (adaptation), C Gardner Sullivan (supervising story chief), Lewis Milestone (uncredited)
  • Cast: Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres

An Oscar-winning adaptation of Remarque's pacifist novel daringly takes a German point of view, following a sensitive young man and his friends who are sent to the front lines of WW1. Realistic in its emotional impact, it is surely one of the greatest anti-war movies ever made.

Oh! What A Lovely War

  • 3 stars
  • 1969
  • UK
  • 2h 24min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Richard Attenborough
  • Written by: Len Deighton (uncredited)
  • Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Phyllis Calvert, Jean Pierre Cassel, John Clements, John Gielgud, Jack Hawkins, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, Susannah York, John Mills

A stellar and very British cast turns out for Attenborough's first film as director, an adaptation (by novelist Len Deighton) of Charles Chilton's hit West End anti-war musical. Songs of the day pepper the action, which attacks the upper-class officers who are indifferent to the deaths of their men.