Christopher Nolan has journeyed into a black hole, infiltrated dreams, and surveyed the streets of Gotham City (thrice). His work is commonly forward-looking, speculative, metaphysical.
Warner Bros. released the very first full trailer for Dunkirk yesterday, following the short “announcement” trailer teased in August. Nolan’s penchant for practical effects is on complete display—not only did he reportedly crash during filming an actual, vintage World War II plane, however, he also commissioned the utilisation of real warships:
Much of the film was filmed in Dunkirk, France, about precisely the same beaches where the evacuation took place 76 years ago. Nolan, a film purist, shot Dunkirk on a variety of IMAX 65mm picture and 65mm large format movie with all the aid of cinematographer Hoyt van Hoytema, who also worked on Nolan’s Interstellar (2014).
Dunkirk might be grounded in reality than almost all of the director’s previous pictures but is surely no less ambitious.
They say the great filmmakers all try creating a war film sooner or later in their careers. Francis Ford Coppola made Apocalypse Now. Stanley Kubrick made Full Metal Jacket. Steven Spielberg has made. There are, naturally, exceptions (Martin Scorsese, for one), but provided the rich cinematic possibility of war, it’s not astonishing that among the 21st century’s visionary directors gave the genre a go.
And there’s perhaps no better subject to depict a vital moment, than the Dunkirk evacuation in World War II history. Some historians question Hitler’s choice to approve ” which allowed just plenty of time to the British army to escape from Dunkirk, a “Halt Order. Had the German military continued progressing, it likely would have wiped out the Allied forces stranded there. The successful evacuation became a morale booster when the rescued British Expeditionary Force prepared to return to conflict while it was technically a defeat for the Allies.
Though it’s taught in schools in Britain, the evacuation isn’t as much a section of American programs—in part, perhaps, as the US didn’t formally enter the war until over annually after the events at Dunkirk—so possibly Nolan’s picture can serve as a history lesson too.