German author Erich Maria Remarque released a book titled “Quiet on the Western Front” in 1929. It contributed to shedding light on the First World War experiences of German troops as well as their separation from domestic society after their return. The world did not give the Germans, their losses, or their experiences any thought before to the publication of the novel.
The book received favorable reviews and was made into an Oscar-winning film. It was first filmed in 1930 by American-Moldovan filmmaker Lewis Milestone, then it was reshot in 1979 by American director Delbert Mann.
German filmmaker Edward Berger is the third to examine the narrative at this point. This time, things are significantly different since Berger is a German, and his viewpoint will be distinctive given that Germany lost the war.
Another factor is that the film’s nationality, German, is appropriate given that it is about Germany. He claimed that while he likes British or American war films, he could never connect with them. He thinks that despite not asking for it, America was drawn into both conflicts. Then, during the Second World War, they liberated Europe from Nazism, leaving the filmmakers and the refugees with a radically different past. It exudes a spirit of courage and honorable deeds.
To tell the parallel story of Matthias Erzberger, who was the person who signed the armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers on November 11, 1918, in Netflix’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Berger has chosen to diverge slightly from the original book in some places. Erzberger is portrayed by Daniel Brühl.
Berger told Newsweek that he believed it was “the appropriate moment” to tell this narrative so that people throughout the world might remember how it was 100 years ago, in contrast to Remarque, who was inspired to write it by his experience fighting in World War I.
What was the novel about, question one?
A1. It contributed to shedding light on the First World War experiences of German troops as well as their separation from civilian life once they came home.
A2. Was America ready to join the fight?
A2. According to Edward Berger, America was dragged into both wars despite not wanting to.
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