Netflix has released a sneak peek for its upcoming adaptation of All quiet on the western frontBased on the novel of the same title by Erich Maria Remarque, published in 1929. The original German title of the novel, Im Westen nichts Neues, is based on Remarque’s own personal experiences with his time in World War I and his disillusionment with it. The book would go on to have a great deal of international success, but also some criticism.
All quiet on the western front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience firsthand how the initial euphoria of war turns to despair and fear as they fight for their lives and each other in the trenches. director’s film Edward Berger is based on the world-renowned bestseller of the same name by Remarque.
The synopsis for Remarque’s novel of the same title reads:
“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality thrown into an abyss of pain. . . .
This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during the First World War. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture and progress that they had been taught is shattered under the first bombardment in the trenches.
Through years of vivid horror, Paul clings to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hatred that senselessly pits young people of the same generation but in different uniforms against each other. . . If only he could get out of the war alive.”
All quiet on the western frontwho stars daniel brühl Y Felix Kammerer, will make its debut on September 12 at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. Of wanting to work on such a film, Berger has said, “I watch a lot of American and English films, as we all do, and occasionally there are a war movie or even an anti-war movie between them. And I find them extremely entertaining. But I feel like they never show my perspective, the perspective that I have as a German.” The film will then hit theaters in Germany on September 29 and then hit Netflix in the UK on October 14, with a Netflix world premiere scheduled for October 28. Germany has also officially selected the film to represent the country in the race for the 2023 Oscars in the category of best international feature film.