Erich Maria Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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All Quiet on the Western Front, a soldier’s bloody account of World War I, was written by Erich Maria Remarque in 1929. It was first made into a movie in 1930, and then re-made in 1979 directed by Delbert Mann. All Quiet on the Western Front is the story of a young German named Paul Baumer who is drafted into the German Imperial Army along with many of his high school friends. They are sent to the battlefield on the German western front seeking glory and adventure only to discover that it is a wasteland of death. All Quiet on the Western Front is a prestigious and well-made historical movie because of its historical accuracy, important themes, and portrayal of wars’ devastating impact on the average soldier.

All Quiet on the Western Front is recognized as one of the most historically accurate movies. The review in the New York Times describes the movie and director as follows: “’ Years after directing the classic Marty, Delbert Mann became a creator of prestige TV movie projects, none more daunting than his adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front. One of the most respected anti-war novels beloved by fans of cinema.” All Quiet on the Western Front is historically accurate even down to the tiniest detail. From the machine guns to the hand grenades to the chemical warfare, everything displayed in the movie was as it was really used on the battlefields of the western front. The popular movie review website All Movie Guide.com says, “The scenery and costuming in this period piece are well done, and surely contributed to its winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Made for TV. Also contributing to the greatness of the film are the exceptional cinematography and special effects that, while realistically gruesome, truly emphasize the horrors of war.”

Just as historical accuracy is central for a director to deliver his message, using important themes is also powerful. Some of mankind’s deepest themes are shown in All Quiet on the...
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