All Quiet on the Western Front



In 1930, an American film of the novel was made, directed by Lewis Milestone; with a screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, George Abbott, Del Andrews, C. Gardner Sullivan; and with uncredited work by Walter Anthony and Milestone. It stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy, and Ben Alexander.

The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1930 for Universal, the Academy Award for Directing for Lewis Milestone, and the Academy Award for Outstanding Production. It was the first all-talking non-musical film to win the Best Picture Oscar. It also received two further nominations: Best Cinematography, for Arthur Edeson, and Best Writing Achievement for Abbott, Anderson, and Andrews.[16]

In 2016, it was mentioned that Roger Donaldson would direct a remake starring Travis Fimmel as Katczinsky.[17] On February 14, 2020, Edward Berger replaced Donaldson as director and Daniel Brühl is starring without Fimmel[18] Unlike the previous film adaptations, the remake will be in German.

Television film

In 1979, the film was remade for CBS television by Delbert Mann, starring Richard Thomas of The Waltons as Paul Bäumer and Ernest Borgnine as Kat. The movie was filmed in Czechoslovakia.[19]


Elton John's album Jump Up! (1982) features the song "All Quiet on the Western Front" (written by Elton and Bernie Taupin). The song is a rendition of the novel's story ("It's gone all quiet on the Western Front / Male Angels sigh / ghosts in a flooded trench / As Germany dies").

Bob Dylan, during his Nobel Laureate lecture, cited this book as one that had a profound effect on his songwriting.[20]


On November 9, 2008, a radio adaptation of the novel was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, starring Robert Lonsdale as Paul Bäumer and Shannon Graney as Katczinsky. Its screenplay was written by Dave Sheasby, and the show was directed by David Hunter.[21]


In 2000, Recorded Books released an audiobook of the text, read by Frank Muller.[22]

In 2010, Hachette Audio UK published an audiobook adaptation of the novel, narrated by Tom Lawrence. It was well received by critics[23] and listeners.


In 1952, the novel was adapted into comic book form as part of the Classics Illustrated series.[24]

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