ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Review: Tells the gripping story of a young German soldier who is confronted with the horrifying reality of World War I.
Director: Edward Berger
Actors: Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanovic, Daniel Bruhl, Devid Striesow, Andreas Dohler, Sebastian Hulk, Luc Feit, Michael Wittenborn, Anton von Lucke and Michael Pitthan
Genre: Action, Drama, History and War
Technically a remake of the 1930 film by Lewis Milestone. Again, just like the 1930 film, it is worth watching just to see the trench scenes. It is a very harrowing film. The only thing I found was that it was a bit too long for me standing in at 2 hours 28 minutes. I do think that it would have made more of an impression on me if I had gone to the cinema to see it on a big screen. This is a story that has been told many times before. This Edward Berger film is based on the world-renowned bestseller from 1929 of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. This novel sold 2.5 million copies and was translated into 22 languages in the first two years of release. The director of this film has quoted “It is a physical visceral and very modern film that has never been told from my country’s perspective it’s never been made into a German language film. We now have the chance to make an anti-war film that will truly touch our audience.” At the Bafta Awards in 2023 this won seven awards for Best Film, Best Film not in the English Language, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Sound. At the Academy Awards in 2023 this won four Oscar’s. They were for Best Cinematography, Best International Feature Film, Best Music (Original Score) and Best Production Design.