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'Authenticity is absolutely key to everything': Q&A with 'THR Presents' and 'All Quiet on the Western Front' team

Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel, All Quiet on the Western Front , about a young German soldier In World War I, there have been adaptations before. But Edward Berger, who directed and co-wrote the newly released Netflix film adaptation, thinks his background as a German-born filmmaker will give him an edge against past version. “It informs the film and hopefully ends up making a very different film than the American or British versions,” Berger said in a recent THR Presents Live on EnergaCamerimage, powered by Vision Media. “I thought it might be fun to share.”

Berger performed on stage in Torun, Poland, with cinematographer and frequent collaborator James Friend — they also recently participated in Miniseries Patrick Melrose – Discussing the making of this film, which is also Germany’s contender for best international feature film at the 53 Oscars . “Authenticity is absolutely key to everything,” says Friends of the Cinematography, which took place mostly outside Prague and shot for 53 days. “It’s all about making it feel as real as possible. Our approach is always dictated by the circumstances we’re in and what the characters are going through. And it’s always going back to the book, back to what was really, really key for us. Source material.”

The director also noted the lamentable timeliness of the film’s themes: “We thought a big reason for making it three years ago was that we felt like, you know , you have Trump in the US, you have Brexit, you have right-wing governments all over Europe elected.”

“The discourse and language feel very different, ’ he added. “It reminds us of a time we read about in history books.”

This episode of THR Presents is sponsored by Netflix.

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