New WWI Movie In Time for Christmas

In spring 1917, the Germans withdrew to the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. (Illustration by Meilan Solly)

The True History Behind the “1917” Movie

by Meilan Solly/Smithsonian Magazine

The new World War I drama from director Sam Mendes, 1917, unfolds in real-time, tracking a pair of British soldiers as they cross the Western Front on a desperate rescue mission. Seemingly filmed in one continuous take, the 117-minute epic has garnered accolades for its cinematography and innovative approach to a potentially formulaic genre.

Although the movie’s plot is evocative of Saving Private Ryan—both follow soldiers sent on “long journeys through perilous, death-strewn landscapes,” writes Todd McCarthy for the Hollywood Reporter—its tone is closer to Dunkirk, which also relied on a non-linear narrative structure to build a sense of urgency.

“[The film] bears witness to the staggering destruction wrought by the war, and yet it is a fundamentally human story about two young and inexperienced soldiers racing against the clock,” Mendes tells Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican. “So it adheres more to the form of a thriller than a conventional war movie.”

Plot-wise, 1917 follows two fictional British lance corporals tasked with stopping a battalion of some 1,600 men from walking into a German ambush…..Read More


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  1. Oh whoopppeeeeee, Another war film in time to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. FFS whats wrong with all of you, its another bullshit movie ( its fiction ), from the scumbags in Hollywood in time to besmirch the people who brought beautiful music and carols over 200 years ago such as “Silent Night” etc. And you play into those satan worshiping zio-dogs-of-wars hands. Shame on you. Perhaps you’ve forgotten the unofficial “Chistmas truce”………..brokered by the ordinary German soldiers in the trenches. Hollywood ain’t interested in that, it may show the Germans in a good light……………………..

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