The Real History Behind Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Allied soldiers after Dunkirk evacuation

Christopher Nolan has made a name for himself as a director of big budget blockbusters with equal parts visual splendor and emotional heft, but while he is best known for his sci-fi movies (Inception and Interstellar) and the acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, his next film is considerably more grounded in reality. A dramatization of the evacuation of Allied soldiers from Dunkirk during World War II, Dunkirk is a war drama which aims to put the audience in the middle of one of the most legendary war stories of the 20th century.

Nolan’s signature attention to detail and desire for realism is on display in the recently released trailer, with much of the film shot with IMAX cameras in the actual locations in which the real-life battle took place. …

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