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Nominated for 9 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, International Feature Film (Germany), Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound, Visual Effects, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
Director Edward Berger’s devastating adaptation of the much lauded 1929 bestseller by Erich Maria Remarque follows 17-year-old Paul and his comrades as they sign up to join the German frontline during World War I. Once the initial pride of going to war for their beloved fatherland wears off, the tight-knit group must fight for their lives, and each other, in the terrifying, hellish trenches of the Western Front.
“War is hell and for a little over two and a half hours, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT displays its ghastly horrors without ever venturing into voyeuristic consumption, opting instead to unsettle its audience with bleak realities and sobering truths.” —Maggie Lovitt, Collider “This sprawling German-language adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic WWI novel is a film that feels both aesthetically dazzling and full of necessary truths: an antiwar drama that transcends the bombast of propaganda mostly just because it's so artfully and indelibly made.” —Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly “This is remarkable, if harrowing, film-making. Moments of striking beauty — sunlight carved into exultant rays by skeletal winter trees — are almost as shocking and disquieting as the scenes of suffering.” —Wendy Ide, The Observer