He then moved from this All Quiet on the Western Front
moment to his personal trauma, which he says will always be with him, adding that all these experiences made him a better man.
The trick, then, is to remember that it is OK to tell war stories like Saving Private Ryan only if we are also willing to tell anti-war stories like All Quiet on the Western Front
or Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957).
In the book's closing essay, he moves from All Quiet on the Western Front
to Apocalypse Now, from The Grand Illusion to Schindler's List, and in another essay, he takes a close look at Alexander Kluge's 1979 film, Die Patriotin.
It is in this, the sense which Remarque brings out of a common humanity transcending narrow chauvinism, that we find the key to why All Quiet on the Western Front
became such an enormous international popular success.
To refresh my memory, I watched the video of All Quiet on the Western Front