Tag: Dunkirk

“Dunkirk”: Review from a WWII Author’s Perspective

[caption id="attachment_2162" align="alignleft" width="169"] By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51683157[/caption] Dunkirk is not a historical fiction movie. It is a war movie. With the weight of WWII history behind it, you might have gone into the theatre expecting a dramatized story filled with terrors of battles, personal conflicts, a stand-off between good and evil, perhaps even a dash of romance. But Christopher Nolan chose a different route. At its core, Dunkirk is a picture of war reenactment. It is an invitation for the audience to experience what it feels like at the moment when the enemy is closing in, and all you’ve got to hold on to is hope. Reenactment brings to mind badly produced TV footage complete with atrocious acting and cheaply designed costumes and sets. All that changed under Nolan’s masterful hand. Supported by a stellar cast and a blockbuster-size budget, Nolan gave us a sensory spectacle. The astounding, magnificent scenery of the expansive beaches and the sea. The precision sound of gunfire and weapons. The nerve-wracking background beats that remind you your very life is on the line. If Nolan had the technology, he would’ve let us smell the explosions and taste the oil in the ocean water too. (more…)

40 Recommended WWII Films (Non-English)

  Last week we brought you the 40 Recommended WWII Films in English as picked by the authors of the Facebook Second World War Club. This week, as promised, we're sharing with you our picks for non-English WWII films. (I really don't want to call these "foreign films" because I have no idea who is reading this blog post, as far as the readers go, these movies might not be foreign at all. (more…)