All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

770 Words4 Pages
Propaganda is everywhere. Whether we like to admit it or not, people today are constantly bombarded with messages aimed at either changing their views or reaffirming the "proper" ones according to the propagandist. Good and bad are not intrinsic to propaganda, as it can be used to nearly any end. For example, All Quiet on the Western Front is a strongly anti-war film based on a novel of the same name. It's message, condemning the horrors of The Great War and war in general, was effective enough that both the book and the film were banned in Germany during the Third Reich. Too see why, one has to look past the more superficial aspects of the story and consider both the messages the author wished to get across, as well as how the director used film techniques to both subtly and blatantly drive them home. The director, Lewis Milestone, uses a fade-to-black fairly regularly. It seems to punctuate things like character death and other dramatic scene transitions. An example of this is the scene where you're only shown a person from the knee down wearing what used to be Kemmerich's boots. The person is then shot and slumps down on some sort of obstacle, the camera proceeds to slowly zoom in on the boots and fades to black. The reasoning behind the fade-to-black in this scene is, in my opinion, to give the viewer time to reflect on what happened. Reflection is a powerful tool in this propaganda film. Horrific images, such as a soldier grabbing a wire, then being caught in an explosion that leaves only his hands on the wire, abound in the battle scenes. This graphic imagery assuredly achieves the goal of showcasing the terrible reality of war and paired with the scene transitions, it gives the audience ample time to assess what's happened. Another aspect of the battle scenes, and even the movie itself, is the constant din. From the beginning with the postman, to the

More about All Quiet On The Western Front Analysis

Open Document