The Effect Of Film: All Quiet On The Western Front

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Film became a form of mass entertainment that replaced customary arts and amusement for rural people in the 1920s and 1930s. This form of propaganda stimulated others to accept “without challenge” of their own claim, or to act upon what the political leader desired them to do (Historians). Guns, bombs, and tanks were the primary weapons of World War I and World War II, but propaganda; a more subtle form of warfare was quickly used by both opposing sides in order to galvanize public support, and influence their “human action by the manipulation of representations (The effect film had on WWII propaganda). Nationalism can be identified as a cause of World War I and World War II. Following World War I, Fascist leaders, such as Hitler and Mussolini…show more content…
From the very start of the film, we see how a class setting full of young adolescents are being encouraged to go to war in an enthusiastic manner. Being proud to die for their country is something encouraged, and by the time the instructor finished his encouraging speech, all the students decided to drop out of school and enter the war. The enthusiasm in the youth was very uplifting to others that were afraid to go to war along with them, and had eventually followed their steps along the way. Throughout the film, we saw how the enthusiasm they carried on with them transformed into something not as desirable compared from the start of the film, and it was very heart-felt for the viewers watching the film. Their hyper and joyful personalities, turned into a very traumatic experience, along with grief by the end of the film because of what they have gone through and because of all the deaths of close-by friends they had to witness. The acting in the film had a very realistic view that captivated the viewers until the very end, and the director’s choice of representing the war itself was quite enchanting to watch. Its war scenes were very gruesome, giving the viewers a feel of real warfare. By the ending of the film, one of the protagonists, Paul had the opportunity to go back home temporary, and was asked to give his viewpoints of the war to younger students also wishing to go to war. His warning to the younger male students was very surprising not only for the instructor to hear but for the students themselves. He tells the students that it is better not to die for your own country, because there is no good to it; that it is very painful and dirty to die for your own country. The students reacted very aggressively

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