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The Quick Explanation
All Quiet on the Western Front is obviously about the horror of war. But it also makes a statement on the cyclical nature of the experience. We open on the Western Front and follow Heinrich into battle. He could easily be the protagonist. 2 intense minutes later, Heinrich is in a pile of bodies. So we move on to Paul. And follow Paul on an odyssey that Henrich probably also went on, from being a school boy, to recruitment, to processing, to the trenches of the Western Front, to losing his friends, to losing hope, to losing his life. At the end, a recruit Paul saves picks up the torch and collects dog tags the same way we saw Paul do near the beginning. Unlike other main characters, Paul isn’t a hero on a unique, one-of-a-kind journey. He’s not Luke Skywalker. He’s not Ellen Ripley. He’s one of millions of other young people who could have had good lives if they weren’t thrown into a mulcher. Others preceded him. Others have followed. More will follow. It’s heartbreaking.
Other themes include loss of innocence, the disconnect between politicians and soldiers, egotistical leaders, timing, and the subtext of not showing kindness and the cost of that choice.
- Paul Bäumer – Felix Kammerer
- Stanislaus “Kat” Katczinsky – Albrecht Schuch
- Albert Kropp – Aaron Hilmer
- Franz Müller – Moritz Klaus
- Ludwig Behm – Adrian Grünewald
- Tjaden Stackfleet – Edin Hasanovic
- General Friedrichs – Devid Striesow
- General Ferdinand Foch – Thibault de Montalembert
- Matthias Erzberger – Daniel Brühl
- Written by – Edward Berger | Ian Stokell | Lesley Paterson
- Directed by: Edward Berger
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