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Erich Maria Remarque (Remarque - Sein Weg zum Ruhm)

Erich Maria Remarque
Scene from "Erich Maria Remarque" (photo © Joerg Landsberg)

Eighty years ago, in late 1928, the Ullstein-Verlag publishing house released the original, German-language version of All Quiet on the Western Front. Im Westen nichts Neues first appeared as a serialized novel in the Berlin newspaper Vossische Zeitung. It caused a sensation among readers, and when it subsequently made its debut as a single volume, its success was phenomenal. Erich Maria Remarque's unsettling and moving anti-war tale went on to become one of the most widely read books in the world. Now translated into more than 50 different languages, the novel continues to shape our conception of the First World War. This film relates how the book came to be written.


Hanno Bruehl was born in 1937 and studied Theater before working as an author and director, both freelance and for the German broadcaster WDR. A selection of his films includes: Nach Santiago (documentary, 1984), Die Araber und Europa (documentary, 1985), Sehnsucht (TV, 1990), Kahlschlag (TV, 1993), Metro - Paris (documentary, 1994), Herzrasen (TV, 2000), Kinder unter Hitler (documentary, 2001), and Erich Maria Remarque (docu-drama, 2008).
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Hanno Bruehl
Screenplay Ingo Regenbogen
Cinematography Stefan Grandinetti
Margot Neubert-Maric
André Feldhaus
Heike Lauer-Schnurr
Cast Max von Thun, Esther Zimmering, Julia Nachtmann, Joerg Panknin, Axel Haefner, Sebastian Rudolph
Producer Elke Peters
Production Company Neue Mira Film, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, MMTV Fernsehproduktionsgesellschaft/Osnabrueck
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Emden-Norderney 2008, Independent Film Festival Osnabrueck 2008
With backing from Nordmedia

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