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Lew Ayres in Lewis Milestones All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Lew Ayres in Lewis Milestones All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)


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Size: 2808 x 3600 (2.5MB)

Date: 26th September 2008

Source: British Film Institute

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Lew Ayres in Lewis Milestones All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Lew Ayres in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

The British Film Institute (BFI) are UK's lead organisation for film, television and the moving image

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© This image is out of copyright


EDITORS COMMENTS
In this print from the British Film Institute, we are transported back to 1930 and immersed in the haunting world of Lewis Milestone's "All Quiet on the Western Front". The image showcases Lew Ayres, a talented actor who brilliantly portrays a soldier caught in the chaos of war. Ayres' silhouette stands tall against an ominous backdrop, his helmet casting a shadow that hints at the weight he carries as a young soldier thrust into battle. His stance exudes both determination and vulnerability, capturing the essence of countless men who faced unimaginable horrors during World War I. The photographer skillfully captures Ayres' intense gaze, which seems to penetrate through time itself. It is as if we can feel his inner turmoil and conflicting emotions reflected in those piercing eyes. In one hand, he holds onto his gun tightly—a symbol of power and protection—while simultaneously serving as a reminder of the destruction it can unleash. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by soldiers throughout history. It encapsulates not only their physical presence but also their emotional journey amidst unfathomable circumstances. As we observe this timeless image, let us honor all those who have served bravely on the front lines and reflect upon how war shapes lives forever.

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