All Quiet on the Western Front
Introduced by Frank Gabrenya
(Lewis Milestone, 1930)
Though periodically modernized, the Universal globe remains one of filmdom’s most recognized brands 100 years after the studio was founded by “Uncle Carl” Laemmle in 1912. Universal is the oldest continuously operating producer and distributor of motion pictures in the United States, and no Hollywood studio has produced on the same location (Universal City) longer. Presented by American Express in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive, this series is a modest tribute to the centenary of the studio that rose to prominence via low-budget horror, comedy, and western fare, and eventually became the most successful studio in Hollywood.
Frank Gabrenya introduces this unflinching portrayal of the brutality of war. The longtime film critic for the Columbus Dispatch, he continues to be a regular contributor to the paper.
Based on the WW I novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet remains powerful and relevant more than 80 years after its release. Prodded to enlist in the German Army during World War I by their patriotic teacher, a group of school boys quickly become disillusioned by the horrors of trench warfare. Banned along with Remarque’s novel by the Nazis, it has also been historically shelved by countries on the verge of war. With Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres. (133 mins., 35mm)
$8 general public
SERIES SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSAL PICTURES: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
Rohauer Collection Foundation
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR
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Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council