All Quiet on the Western Front (PG, 145 mins)

Poster for All Quiet on the Western Front
1pm-3.30pm, Saturday 5 March

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) was based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name and is still hailed, nine decades on, as one of the greatest anti-war films ever made. 

The film follows a group of German school boys talked into enlisting at the beginning of the war by their jingoistic teacher.  The story is told through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through their eyes as they witness death and mutilation.  Preconceptions of the rights and wrongs of conflict and the enemy disappear as the recruits are left angry and bewildered at what they experience.  The film is widely seen as exploring the gulf between the concept and reality of war.

A post-film discussion panel will take place between 3.30-4pm.  The participants are:

  • Ann-Christin Simke from Goethe-Institut, Glasgow
  • Professor Stephan Malinowski, Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh
  • Sean Martin, film-maker, author and academic from Screen Academy at Edinburgh Napier University


John Bellany and the Scottish Women's Hospitals logo


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