1930 **** 133 mins.
All my life, I'd heard how great this film was. When I finally got around to watching it, though, I was nonplussed. I found it to be overlong and overwrought. There are two versions of this film that are able to be watched now. One is the general release, talkie version, and the other is a mostly silent version. This was done because the film came out right as talking motion pictures were beginning to take off. Not all theatres were equipped with sound yet, so a silent version was produced. Both versions suffer from the slow pacing and unrelatable characters. I'm sure a lot of my problems with this movie are simply personal, which is why I still gave it four stars, even though I'm never going to watch it again. It's a highly praised film from other critics, so maybe I'm just missing something. Feel free to watch it yourself and form your own opinion.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Erich Maria Remarque
Maxwell Anderson and George Abbott
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