It’s the first non-English language adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel “All Quiet on the Western Front.” German director Edward Berger has taken it upon himself to venture a German interpretation that launched internationally on Netflix in October 2022.
Some critics have praised the remake as a successful anti-war drama, while others criticize the director for inventing new storylines and omitting characters and crucial scenes. Nonetheless, at the Golden Globes on January 10, “All Quiet on the Western Front” is considered the favorite in the best foreign language film category. It has also been shortlisted for an Oscar for the upcoming Academy Awards on March 12.
‘More topical than ever’
Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, published in 1929, paints a portrait of a generation that leaves school for the front and ends up perishing in the First World War. For director Edward Berger, the subject remains highly relevant today, 100 years after World War I. He cites growing populism and nationalism, which make the movie eerily topical….