Film: An epic approach to a WWII drama

As much a departure as a real-life subject like Dunkirk is for Nolan, his intricate mark is all over it

23rd July, 2017
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Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk

It’s perhaps surprising that a subject like WWII would attract the attention of Christopher Nolan, given the ambitious, brain-melting fantasy worlds that have sprung from his imagination: tattooed amnesiacs and dreaming criminals, time-travelling astronauts and revisionist superheroes.

Having resisted the gravitational pull of reality throughout his career, with Dunkirk Nolan tells the story of the daring evacuation of 340,000 retreating Allied troops from the beaches of Northern France in 1940.

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