All Quiet on the Western Front film matched with more German food

Starring Louis Wolheim & Lew Ayres

Rating 9/10

Plot:

– World War I, Germany. Young lads are told there is honour in dying for King and Country. They enlist and so begins the disturbing journey of a group of nineteen year-old German soldiers in the midst of a terrifying conflict they do not understand.
– In the midst of bombardments, death and despair, all they have left is the question, why? They discuss the purpose of the war and how it started. The central theme to the film is the inhumanity of war. At one stage Paul finds himself attacking an allied soldier and then suffers immense guilt. He says to the dying man that he is “just a man like me!” And another time one soldier talks about putting all the leaders of the warring nations in a field in their underwear and letting them have a go at each other, “we’ll sell tickets!”

Entree:

More yummy German food so you feel like a young German soldier on the Western front… or at least their family waiting for news from home. Anyways let’s start our Deutschland dishes with crunchy, tasty Sausage and Sauerkraut Fritter recipe from Food Republic.

Review:

This is an incredible film. Especially when you think about when it was produced. This epic was sandwiched between two mindblowing conflicts that shook the earth. The world was on the brink of yet another terrifying war and once again the Germans were smack-bang in the middle. And yet this film was made from the perspective of a group of young German men who believed that they were fighting for the Fatherland; they were sacrificing for the good of the nation.

It’s a well crafted film with echoes from the silent film era with action scenes often being sped up. I loved how a pair of boots was used to record the successive deaths of soldiers as if the boots themselves were a sign of doom. There was no music except the tunes being played by the characters; it was all ambiance, which was quite effective. This contributed to the authenticity of the thing, you could almost taste the gun powder. This realism was most apparent in the famous trench battle scenes. The images of allied soldiers being mowed down by the Germans was actually quite disturbing and humbling.

I don’t know of another film that handles the ‘war’ with such sensitivity and tact. It never overtly judges the Germans. Rather, it highlights their naivity and relative ‘innocence’. This is a film for people, not governments, not leaders. And at the end, well, what a devastating moment.

Main meal:

Rub those hungry little hands together with anticipation for this delicious main sensation… It’s Beef Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage and Pretzel Dumplings from Serious Eats.

All Quiet on the Western Front Trivia:

  • Budget: $1.25 Million (which just goes to show bigger bucks mean better film! = no brainer).
  • This film is based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German author who fought in World War I (you guessed it) on the Western front.
  • Paul’s butterfly death scene was added in post production so the hand you see is actually the director’s.
  • Steven Spielberg drew inspiration from this film for his blockbuster Saving Private Ryan.
  • Battle scenes were shot in California with 2000 ex-servicemen.

Dessert:

I love German desserts with their liqueur and cream and chocolate goodness – yumsie. But this one is a bit different – still super-delicious of course. And you may need a translation because it’s in German but it was too cute to pass up. And I guess it’s authentic, right! Here it is… Heidelbeerkuchen recipe from Elbmari.

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Image: Elbmari

Have you seen this movie? Grab a pretzel and watch it. You won’t regret it.

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Cimarron film paired with Oklahoma prairie food
Grand Hotel movie matched with tasty German dishes
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