165 Great Directors: G.W. Pabst

“They do not find good films, because whether born here or there, no star leads them to the good films, and they resign themselves, bury their love and their desire, and say at last, films cannot be any good.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Mostly Pandora’s Box.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Pandora’s Box.

What Did I Watch: Westfront 1918.

Where Does He Fit: Westfront 1918 will no doubt initially draw comparisons to All Quiet on the Western Front or Wooden Crosses, with Pabst being concerned with the hell that is working under war conditions, but it dodges such easy tactics via the power of focusing on the trudge rather than the visceral. Perhaps the former is the better movie, but this is just as carnal as Pandora’s Box with a different focus in the light. The shots are wider and more distant, leaving us quietly watching anonymous hordes of soldiers get slaughtered by the pain of generations of stupid, unnecessary conflicts. Barbed wire’s never been so evocative.

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Most Valuable Asset: Loopiness despite making conventions.
Most Excited For: Seen all the good stuff, I think. Maybe a rewatch of his work with Brooks?
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: James Whale, the original camp horror director.

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