Dunkirk (2017)

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The production team and scouting locations were chosen before Nolan and Thomas solicited Warner Bros. Pictures to make the film. Nolan and his production designer Nathan Crowley toured the beach while location scouting, and decided to film there despite the logistical challenges, discarding Suffolk as an alternative. Crowley set up a makeshift art department in Nolan’s garage, and colourised black-and-white photographs to better understand the visual representation. The design aesthetic was made to look as contemporary as possible. Hoyte van Hoytema, who previously collaborated with Nolan on his 2014 film Interstellar, was chosen as the director of photography. Nolan made a deal with Warner Bros. to receive a $20 million salary plus 20% of the box office gross, the most lucrative percentage since Peter Jackson received the same for King Kong. Pre-production officially began in January 2016.

A masterpiece. Dunkirk is a thrilling, haunting picture of sound and cinematography. With little to no character development, and mostly drowned out dialogue, this movie is truly a spectacle of action, drama and at times, horror. Such an intense take on war has never been filmed before, and hasn’t had me so immersed in the cinema for many years. Christopher Nolan has once again created a film that has you drawing for breath by the end.

Dunkirk stands high and proud as one of the finest films yet about World War 2. Christopher Nolan delivers a powerful, haunting, moving and memorable experience that, in a brilliant touch, turns out to be more immersive than explosive.

“Nimrod” from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is part of the theme, which was slowed down to six beats per minute with added bass notes to avoid it sounding sentimental. Instrumentation included a double bass and fourteen cellos played in high register. King relayed to Zimmer the sound of a boat engine, which served as a reference for the tempo. Zimmer visited the Dunkirk set for inspiration and chose not to view raw footage of the film whilst composing the score. The music was recorded at AIR Lyndhurst Hall in London with Geoff Foster as mix engineer.

Nevertheless, the British were undaunted by their departure from the Continent, and they began planning for their return almost immediately. In a bizarre quirk of history, Tennant would once again use a breakwater off the Channel coast to influence the course of the war. Almost exactly four years after the evacuation, he supervised the construction and operation of Mulberries, artificial harbours that would prove vital to the success of the Normandy Invasion. Tennant had personally recommended the construction of “Gooseberries”—artificial breakwaters built with scuttled ships—to protect the vulnerable structures. The Americans deviated from Tennant’s plan, and Mulberry A at Omaha Beach was destroyed in a storm just days after it became operational. Mulberry B, located at Gold Beach and protected by a Gooseberry breakwater built according to Tennant’s specifications, would remain operational for 10 months, receiving some 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles, and four million tons of supplies. For his service at both Dunkirk and Normandy, Tennant was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Bath and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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The true reason for the decision to halt the German armour on 24 May is still debated. One theory is that Von Rundstedt and Hitler agreed to conserve the armour for Fall Rot, an operation to the south. It is possible that the Luftwaffe’s closer ties than the army’s to the Nazi Party contributed to Hitler’s approval of Göring’s request. Another theory—which few historians have given credence—is that Hitler was still trying to establish diplomatic peace with Britain before Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union). Although von Rundstedt after the war stated his suspicions that Hitler wanted “to help the British”, based on alleged praise of the British Empire during a visit to his headquarters, little evidence that Hitler wanted to let the Allies escape exists apart from a self-exculpatory statement by Hitler himself in 1945.

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Title : Dunkirk
Release : 2017-07-19
Runtime : 107 min.
Genre : Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Stars : Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy
Overview : Miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26 and June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

 

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