Watch: Netflix releases first trailer for All Quiet On The Western Front remake
Netflix has released the trailer for the first ever German-language adaptation of All Quiet On The Western Front, starring Daniel Brühl.
The classic novel by Erich Maria Remarque, first published in 1928, has been made into an Oscar-winning film and an Emmy-winning TV programme, but this is the first time that an adaptation has been made in the text's original German.
It tells the story of World War I front soldiers Paul Bäumer and Stanislaus Katczinsky (played by Felix Kammerer and Albrecht Schuch), with Inglourious Basterds and Good Bye, Lenin! star Brühl as a German diplomat negotiating his country's surrender in the final days of the war.
Netflix's first trailer for the film, which will begin streaming and be released in cinemas on 28 October, features violent explosions and battle scenes along with bleak depictions of life for soldiers on the front line.
Director Edward Berger told The Hollywood Reporter that there was no heroic adventure narrative to the tale as it was more representative of his experiences of how people felt about World War I in Germany.
He said: "I watch a lot of American and English films, as we all do, and occasionally there is a war movie or even an anti-war movie among them. And I find them extremely entertaining. But I feel they never show my perspective, the perspective I have as a German.
"Not that of America, that saved Europe from fascism, or England, which was attacked and drawn into a war against their will, whose soldiers returned home, certainly traumatised and psychologically broken, but celebrated as heroes, [where] the war is an event that enters the national psyche as something that the society is in part proud of.
"For us, it’s the exact opposite. In our national psyche, there is nothing by guilt, horror, terror and destruction."
All Quiet On The Western Front will get its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 12 September.
The book was adapted into a 1930 English language film that won Oscars for best picture and best director for Lewis Milestone, and into a 1979 Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV film, also in English.
All Quiet On The Western Front begins streaming on Netflix on 28 October.
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