14 BAFTA NOMINATIONS “ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT”
Cinema Writer/Film Critic Efe TEKSOY; wrote the war, history, and drama film “ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT”, for America’s Los Angeles-based Internet Newspaper @alaturkanews.
AN EPIC ANTI-WAR FILM
Adapted from the classic novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the prominent productions of the year with 9 Oscar nominations at the 95th Academy Awards and 14 nominations for the 76th BAFTA Awards. This film surpassed the 2011 record of 11 BAFTA nominations for The King’s Speech. It was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Golden Globe Awards. After the 1930 version of Lewis Milestone and Delbert Mann‘s 1979 adaptation, this is the third rendition of the same story directed by Edward Berger, making it the most expensive German film in Netflix history to date. Author Erich Maria Remarque’s book is inspired by his own experiences as a German soldier in World War I. It stands out for its realistic depiction of the horrors of war and the difficulties soldiers faced during and even after the war. Victor Hugo, the giant of classical world literature, depicts the battle of Waterloo from the eyes of god in his masterpiece Les Misérables. Stendhal, the pioneer of Realism in Literature, tells the story from the perspective of a character named Fabrizio Del Dongo, who is in the war and does not understand what is happening, in his epic work called Parma Monastery. In this movie, which turns the audience’s head with its extraordinary visual atmosphere and fascinating cinematography, we see that the director reflects the event from the very heart of the war to the audience in order to increase the tension even more. In the film, in which the war is narrated from the German front, the fascinating perspectives of the masters of expression in literature are blended and the effects of their sharp observation powers are seen. In this movie, which turns the audience’s head with its extraordinary visual atmosphere and fascinating cinematography, we see that the director reflects the event from the very heart of the war to the audience in order to increase the tension even more. In the film, in which the war is narrated from the German front, the fascinating perspectives of the masters of expression in literature are blended and the effects of their sharp observation powers are seen. In addition, the director presents the lifelong traumas caused by the war through the eyes of the soldiers who had to take part in the war and makes the audience experience this. Prussian General Carl Von Clausewitz, one of the most important military theorists of the Napoleonic era, whose life was spent in war environments and military academies, his ideas and studies on war strategy; It has been adopted by figures of different political and social views, such as Karl Marx, Mao Zedong, and Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke. In his classic work On War, which is cited as the most important attempt in Western history to understand war both as a tool of internal dynamics and as a policy tool, he emphasizes that war is essentially a ritualized dual struggle and a policy made by other means. What he means as a tool is actually the political ground. In the movie, just as Clausewitz mentioned; In fact, it is shown that the privates are just pawns risking their lives and that the real war takes place between countries (especially in the treaty scenes between the delegates).
TOPIC OF THE FILM
17-year-old Paul Bäumer enthusiastically joins the Western Front in World War I. But his initial enthusiasm soon collapsed when the horrors of war and the grim reality of life in the trenches hit him.
Stars; Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Aaron Hilmer, Moritz Klaus, Adrian Grünewald, Edin Hasanovic, Thibault de Montalembert, Devid Striesow, Andreas Döhler and Daniel Brühl.
BEHIND THE SCENES
-The large area where the battle scene was filmed was an airfield to the north of Prague, and this place, the size of 10 football fields, was a huge mud field.
-One of the trenches here covered an area of 1 kilometer and 600 meters wide.
– Felix Kammerer, the lead actor in the film, which was his first acting attempt, had to wear a 10-pound vest to fit his role and ran 10 km with him every day for months.
– Famous stunt coordinator and actor Marek Svitek undertook the training of the cast in combat and shooting scenes.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
Filming; All Quiet on the Western Front, which took place in Germany, Belgium, and the Czech Republic; It is an epic production that history, drama, and war genre lovers will watch breathlessly.