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All Quiet on the Western Front

How ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Composer Scored a Soldier’s Musical Themes

Composing the score for a war film can be, apologies for the metaphor, a minefield. Go too heavy on the orchestral oomph — all soaring strings and booming base — and you can quickly swing into schmaltz. Go too small and minimalist, and the onscreen explosions can overpower your music. Plus, there’s the danger of […]

How Oscar-Nominated ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Production Designers Created an Alien Underwater World

Whether it was creating the Metkayina village or a sinking sea vessel on the Pandora moon, production designers Dylan Cole and Ben Procter say their approach to their work on James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water was, philosophically, not unlike that of any live-action movie. “We design sets,” Cole says, adding that the use […]

WWI Tanks Become “Iron Beasts” in ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

In a scene from Edward Berger’s adaptation of the classic WWI novel All Quiet on the Western Front, which is nominated for nine Oscars including best picture, Paul (Felix Kammerer) and other young soldiers face a new threat: the menacing French Saint-Chamond assault tanks, something that they had never before seen. This sequence and more […]

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Director Launches Label, Signs Fremantle First-Look Deal

All Quiet on the Western Front director Edward Berger has launched a new production label, Nine Hours, and signed a two-year first-look deal with production giant Fremantle. Berger, riding high on the success of All Quiet, which picked up 9 Oscar nominations, including for best picture, launched the new company together with producing partners Luke […]

Oscars Make a Lot of Noise for Germany’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ 

There’s suddenly a lot of noise around Edward Berger’s WWI epic, All Quiet on the Western Front.  The Netflix drama — the first-ever German adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque’s German anti-war classic — picked up nine Oscar nominations Tuesday, nearly tying the record for most-ever nominations for a non-English-language film.  Only Ang Lee’s wuxia classic Crouching […]

Sound Guilds Offer Clues to Oscar Noms

As Hollywood anticipates this year’s Oscar nominations announcement on Jan. 24, many of the societies and guilds have already revealed their favorites. That includes those in sound, for which the Academy had narrowed its field to a diverse slate of 10 movies, among them Edward Berger’s World War I drama All Quiet on the Western […]

Guest Essay: Screenwriting, Like Any Sport, Is All About the Long Game

In 2016, I stood on the start line of my 263rd race as a professional triathlete waiting to dive into the Costa Rica surf and swim the fastest 1 mile of my life, mountain-bike 40 kilometers through grueling jungle trails and run 10 kilometers of hills, all in 105-degree heat. I was a five-time world […]

BAFTA Awards: Netflix’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Leads Longlists

The British Academy has revealed the results of the the first round of voting across all 24 categories for the 2023 BAFTA Film Awards, with one — perhaps unexpected — film leading the lineup of films vying for nominations. According to the initial longlists, Netflix’s anti-war epic All Quiet on the Western Front has emerged as an […]

Oscars: The Sound Race (Really) Mixes It Up

It’s shaping up to be particularly interesting year in the race for the Oscar in sound. The sound branch reinstated its shortlist and bake-off a year ago (one year after combining sound editing and mixing into a single category), and this season it narrowed the field for its Oscar to a fascinatingly diverse shortlist of […]

Hollywood Flashback: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Earned Two Oscars and a Ban in Nazi Germany

The new All Quiet on the Western Front, Germany’s Oscar submission for best international feature film, is an adaptation of the 1929 World War I novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. That best-seller, based on Remarque’s experiences in the German Army, moved 3 million copies in 22 languages in its first two […]

“Authenticity Was Key to Absolutely Everything”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘All Quiet on The Western Front’ Team

Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, which follows a young German soldier during World War I, has been adapted before. But Edward Berger, who directed and co-wrote the newly-released Netflix film adaptation, thought that his background as a German-born filmmaker would give him a leg up against the past editions. […]

‘Belfast,’ ’The Quiet Girl’ Among 2022 European Film Awards Craft Winners

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, Jerzy Skolimowski’s donkey drama EO and Colm Bairéad’s Irish period drama piece The Quiet Girl are among the winners of the 2022 European Film Awards in the craft categories. Belfast, a poignant and sentimental black-and-white portrayal of Branagh’s childhood growing up in Northern Ireland, won two EFAs, with Jim Clay taking best European […]