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This impassioned, visually arresting interpretation of the classic German anti-war novel makes the pacifist case to contemporary audiences through its depiction of the horrible madness of World War I and the tragedy of a doomed generation. Considered one of literature’s most honest and authentic depictions of war, Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel Im Westen nichts Neues was first adapted for the screen in 1930. Now Edward Berger has directed the first German interpretation of the story, a work of unquestionable power and urgency.

It’s 1917 and wartime in Germany, as Paul Bäumer lies about his age to enlist alongside his friends—all of them very young men filled with romanticized, patriotic notions. The reality of war almost immediately dismantles their exuberance. Soon, Paul is thrown into a trench with only the advice of an older veteran preventing him from becoming another statistic on his first day. The film’s evocation of overwhelming brutality and relentless fear reinforces a compelling message: the true enemy is the act of war itself.

Director

Edward Berger

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STC

Year

2022

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Runtime

2h 27m

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