Dunkirk (2017)

Day 2 : 31/07/2017

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

When I think of this film, most I can recall is a group of soldiers along a shoreline : which seems like old war photographs came alive. Christopher Nolan does an amazing job at including people into worlds that they don’t belong – with all the heaviness and contingent belongings of those foreign areas that enable viewers to emphasize with their stories. There are great wide shots and detail shots in the movie to support the film’s feelings. Dunkirk is an example of a situational story told in a unique storyline of : 1 week, 1 day and 1 hour which pulls people in to concentrate on the story. Also something that got my attention: even though it’s a war movie, we never hear the name “German” as the enemy more than 3-4 times, we just hear “enemy” and understanding who that is is up to the audience through knowledge of history. One of the most profound scenes for me was the planes flying above the soldiers => it is not apparent whether they are German planes coming to bomb the shore or British planes coming for help. Not understanding the difference as a viewer creates a tension in you and that is one of the elements that make you empathize with those soldiers: neither would they know who was coming, they would just be able to stare at the sky and at their uncertain future. 

=> Dunkirk Cinematography Journal

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