We can’t stop talking about the new trailer released for the All Quiet on the Western Front movie. The movie is based on the bestselling literary masterpiece of the same title and follows the story of Paul Bäumer. It illustrates the reality of war through beautiful portrayals of realism.
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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Movie Cast and Synopsis
Netflix is releasing the WWI movie All Quiet on the Western Front on October 28, 2022. The movie follows Paul Bäumer, a young German Soldier who joins the war with high hopes to honorably serve their army. But his patriotism wavers when he comes face to face with the horrific reality of war. The movie, based on the bestselling novel of the same title, investigates the brutal realities Soldiers face in war, as well as the murky gray area that comes from determining who is right and wrong.
The All Quiet on the Western Front movie (2022) was directed by German director and screenwriter Edward Berger. The characters of All Quiet on the Western Front and their casting includes the following:
- Himmelstoss (John Wray)
- Paul Bäumer (Lew Ayres)
- Kantorek (Arnold Lucy)
- Kemmerich (Ben Alexander)
- Stanislaus Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim)
The rest of the cast list has been released online. There are some notable names who’ll help bring the story to life. All Quiet on the Western Front, Netflix’s newest war movie, is a must-see for any military movie lovers. It brings to life a classic and groundbreaking novel from the early 1900s.
The Bestselling Novel that Changed the Military Literary Game… and More
Erich Maria Remarque changed the literary war genre when he released his novel in 1928. There was a patriotic illusion that glorified Soldiers in combat. While a Soldier’s participation in war is something honorable that should be recognized, it’s also an incredible sacrifice. Remarque’s novel was the first to integrate the realism of the battlefield in World War I.
All Quiet on the Western Front themes revolve heavily around realism, the brutality of war, and breaking the illusion that muddy the sacrifice and horror that comes along with fighting in WWI – or any war, for that matter. The novel quickly became a bestseller – not just because of its eye-opening content and themes but also due to the mesmerizing writing style and prose that helped enhance the thematic content.
‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Quotes
“This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.”
— Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
This is just one of the many Erich Maria Remarque quotes that will move you. His novel, which sold 1.2 million copies the year of its release, contains some gruesome realism that shines a light on war in ways that no book before its publication was able to do. To honor the masterful craft of the novel, we included some of the best All Quiet on the Western Front quotes.
1. “I am no longer a shuddering speck of existence, alone in the darkness;–I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same fear and the same life…I could bury my face in them, in these voices, these words that have saved me and will stand by me.”
2. “But you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction that lived in my mind and called forth its appropriate response…. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony-Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?”
3. “We’re no longer young men. We’ve lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing from ourselves. From our lives. We were eighteen years old, and we had just begun to love the world and to love being in it; but we had to shoot at it. The first shell to land went straight for our hearts. We’ve been cut off from real action, from getting on, from progress. We don’t believe in those things any more; we believe in the war.
4. “We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out…we creep in upon ourselves and with big eyes stare into the night…and thus we wait for morning.”
5. “We have so much to say, and we shall never say it.”
Erich Maria Remarque: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ IRL
How does one write such impactful themes and perfectly capture the realities of war? What makes Erich Maria Remarque qualified to write about this?
Well, he lived it.
Erich Maria Remarque, himself, was born in Osnabruck, Germany, on June 22, 1898. The All Quiet on the Western Front author served in WWI for the German military. At 18, he was drafted into the military, and during his service, he was injured five times. His last injury was serious, and he had to stop serving because of it. His experience in war inspired this novel, which quickly became a bestseller.
Remarque wrote nine other novels that questioned and struggled to understand the purpose of war. They had stark realism that exemplified the horror of war. This realism changed the literary genre, and its new portrayals on the silver screen are likely to do the same for film. Whether you read the novel or take a look at the new movie, All Quiet on the Western Front is a story everyone should check out.