First World War film All Quiet On The Western Front enjoys successful night at the Oscars
All Quiet On The Western Front enjoyed a successful night at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, continuing its runaway success at the Baftas last month. Netflix's remake of a film about the stress and trauma experienced by German soldiers in the First World War secured four Oscars including best cinematography and original score. The German language anti-war epic, directed by German filmmaker Edward Berger, is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.
An earlier Hollywood adaptation, directed by Lewis Milestone, won the best picture Oscar in 1930. Netlfix's latest version, directed by Edward Berger, stars Felix Kammerer as initially eager soldier Paul Bäumer who is traumatised by life in the trenches. Military historian and author Rupert Wieloch told Forces News in October why All Quiet On The Western Front is an important film for modern audiences. Mr Wieloch said: "The service charities in Britain at the moment are having great difficulty fighting their cause for funding. "I think that something like this film will help them in jogging people's memories about how dreadful the psychological impact of WWI was – and the soldiers who have come back from Afghanistan and the frontline for the past 10 or 15 years."
Mr Wieloch added: "I do feel that what we saw in Afghanistan was pretty tough, so I think the soldiers who served in Sangin and Helmand, who served from 2006 until we withdrew, would have experienced something similar to the fear and trepidation that the young soldiers in the Western Front felt." All Quiet On The Western Front last month broke Cinema Paradiso's record for the highest number of British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards for a foreign language film. The German language anti-war epic won seven prizes at the EE Bafta film awards including best film and best director to pass the record of five set by the Italian coming-of-age drama in 1988. Taking to the stage at the climax of the event at London's Royal Festival Hall, producer Malte Grunert said the Netflix film showed how a generation of young German men was "poisoned by right-wing nationalistic propaganda" and he stressed that the film's message remains "relevant" nearly a century on.