Film - All Quiet on the Western Front

Coming to Netflix next Friday, October 28th, watch the trailer for All Quiet on the Western Front...

Press Release

The film from director Edward Berger is based on the world renowned bestseller of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque and tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches.

Talking about why he wanted to make the film, director Edward Berger said, "Primarily, I wanted to make a movie that wasn’t preachy or sentimental. Any director who seriously addresses the topic of war will probably always have the noble intention of making a movie that speaks out against war. When Malte promised me the adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, I thought, “What a great opportunity!” Of course, firstly, because the book is world-famous. But above all because I have always had the sense that one feeling will be with us for our whole lifetimes: the feeling of being heir to two wars. In most cases, American or British war movies cannot help but find a positive side in their stories. 

"Travelling on the tube in London in November, I see people wearing poppies in remembrance of the ceasefire. The soldiers returned home after the war and were celebrated as heroes in Trafalgar Square. We’re familiar with similar images from America, in Times Square where people fell into each other’s arms. America was dragged into the war against its will and freed Europe from fascism. That does something to a country’s psyche. War is automatically associated with heroism. Of course, it was also horrifying and resulted in terrible losses for these countries, no doubt. But it was an experience with a successful outcome and these days, when an American or British director portrays war in a movie, this feeling sort of permeates on its own accord. Contrary to this, it was important to me to take on the German perspective. 

"It’s a perspective which no longer exists in modern war movies because we usually lack the courage and the opportunities to show it. Our view of war is marked by grief and shame, sorrow and death, destruction and guilt. There is nothing positive or heroic. Every death, regardless of which side, is a death and is therefore simply horrific. It’s a person who died. I felt that making our history, background and attitude towards war the driving force behind the movie was a huge and fascinating challenge. And I thought it might be interesting to share this perspective from Germany with the world."

The film stars Felix Kammerer (Paul Bäumer), Albrecht Schuch (Stanislaus ‘Kat’ Katczinsky), Aaron Hilmer (Albert Kropp), Moritz Klaus (Franz Müller), Edin Hasanovic (Tjaden Stackfleet), Adrian Grünewald (Ludwig Behm), with Thibault De Montalembert (General Ferdinand Foch), Daniel Brühl (Matthias Erzberger), and Devid Striesow (General Friedrich)

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