Reasons why you shouldn’t miss All Quiet on the Western Front – All BAFTA awards

All Quiet on the Western Front has created history by winning seven BAFTA awards and it’s all the more reason why you shouldn’t miss the film. Based on a novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque, the German film delivers big on the anti-war message of the source material.

If you’re a fan of war masterpieces such as Saving Private Ryan, Full Metal Jacket, Dunkirk and 1917, All Quiet on the Western Front is a must-watch without a doubt. The film follows the life of a newly enlisted German soldier during World War I. As an audience, we get to experience the perils of war through the eyes of this young, idealistic soldier. 

All Quiet on the Western Front wins big at the BAFTAs

At the 76th BAFTA awards ceremony, All Quiet on the Western Front managed to secure a whopping 14 nominations and take home 7 awards from it, including the big ones. Here’s a list of all the awards won by the German anti-war film:

  • Best film
  • Best film not in the English language
  • Best director – Edward Berger
  • Best adapted screenplay – Edward Berger, Ian Stokell and Leslie Patterson
  • Best original score – Volker Bertelmann
  • Best cinematography – James Friend
  • Best sound – Lars Ginzsel, Frank Kruse, Viktor Prášil and Markus Stemler

All Quiet on the Western Front managed to snatch all the major awards away from some serious competition at the BAFTAs this year. This includes the likes of The Banshees of Inisherin, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans and Top Gun: Maverick.

Reasons to watch the German anti-war masterpiece

Even in this day and age, films like All Quiet on the Western Front serve as a disturbing reminder of man’s barbarism when it comes to war. Mankind can never be too far away from conflict and violence, and war is always an imminent threat. The film puts us in the perspective of World War soldiers right in the middle of their blood ridden battlefield. 

All Quiet on the Western Front BAFTA awards German anti-war film
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Furthermore, anyone with a keen eye for technical standards will appreciate the amount of work that has gone into perfecting All Quiet on the Western Front’s filmmaking. In fact, there is a making-of documentary of the film which deserves a viewing just as much as the original film does.

How to watch All Quiet on the Western Front

Netflix has been streaming All Quiet on the Western Front worldwide since October 2022 and you can watch it here. Given the film’s global critical acclaim, it is possible that there might be a low-key theatrical release in select countries.

  • The film had its first premiere in September 2022 at the Toronto International Film Festival. A month later, it opened in select theaters across the United States to make it eligible for the Academy Awards. 

And speaking of the Oscars, All Quiet on the Western Front has nine nominations including Best Picture, Best International Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay. The 95th Academy Awards will be presented on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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