Dunkirk Review (voto/evaluation: 5/5)

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Directed by
Christopher Nolan
Produced by
Emma Thomas
Christopher Nolan
Written by
Christopher Nolan
Music by
Hans Zimmer
Cinematography
Hoyte van Hoytema
Edited by
Lee Smith
Production companies
Syncopy Inc.
Distributed by
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast

  • Fionn Whitehead as Tommy
  • Tom Glynn-Carney as Peter
  • Jack Lowden as Collins, a Royal Air Force Spitfire pilot
  • Harry Styles as Alex
  • Aneurin Barnard as “Gibson”, a French soldier masquerading as a British Army private
  • James D’Arcy as Colonel Winnant
  • Barry Keoghan as George Mills
  • Kenneth Branagh as Commander Bolton
  • Cillian Murphy as Shivering Soldier
  • Mark Rylance as Mr Dawson
  • Tom Hardy as Farrier, a Royal Air Force Spitfire pilot

Review

The movie is set during the Second World War, based on the terrible evacuation of about 400,000 allied soldiers from the Dunkirk beach under the threat of the German Army.

Nolan puts the story on three battlefields and three different units of time (one week on the beach where the soldiers waited their fate, one day at sea following one of the civilian boats that took part in the rescue, an hour in the sky following the heroic pilot of a spitfire), three views that the director and screenwriter converge into a single present with extraordinary ability.

In the movie, photography and soundtrack are fundamental, everything goes through image and sound, noises are made so good that some Dunkirk veterans who have previewed it with the actor Branagh said that the movie’s sounds in films are even  more intense than those they have felt in reality in those dramatic days.

Each frame is a full-featured photograph, each sound is vivid, the soundtrack is perfect and keeps the highest tension all the time, the union of all these elements, along with some shivering silences, make Dunkirk a real and own work of art. The film can be described as a moving picture that performs a dance around space and time.

Nolan’s masters the perfect timing of the scenes, all the film is back and forth, like the waves crashing on the beach, like the soldiers who have a hope of escaping and are then brought back from the sea to the beach, time itself goes back and forth, as the ticking of a broken clock, like that beated by music and heartbeats. This also represents the race against the time that the soldiers run, struck by the Germans by sea, by land and by the sky,  trying to get away from that beach from which “you can almost see home” and return to England, while counting down to the next high tide.

Dunkirk’s beach is a kind of limbo, with soldiers waiting for their fate unaware of what’s going to happen

It is a new kind of war movie, there is no rhetoric, no heroism, no glory: all soldiers are anonymous either they are heroes or they are cowards or both; there are no heroes, only boys and men who want to go home, “surviving is enough” as the another anonymous character with some particular pictures, highlights the solitude and despair that war causes. It is not a war movie with the  good guys and the bad guys, here the enemy is a shadow, and does not play a central role.

Nolan’s war is made of people who die or who survive, but all feel burdened with a useless and naive sense of dishonor and disappointment originate from Churchill’s rhetoric.

The rescue of soldiers is not considered a victory but the containment of a defeat.

It is a film that can be safely defined as art, some have called it an impressionist masterpiece, and above all, also thanks to the excellence of the cast, it honors the true story.

Dialogues are very limited, but each word has a profound meaning, and the exceptional actors manage to express all the rest  with their looks.

It is absolutely a must see movie that deserves to enter history, as it has, probably, already done.

Synopsis

In 1940, during the early days of World War II, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium and Canada find themselves trapped on the beach of the French coastal town of Dunkirk as they face an impossible crisis. They’ve been cut off and surrounded by ruthless German Nazi troops. Over the course of eight days, the men must struggle to survive and hope for rescue.

Recensione

Il film è ambientato durante la seconda guerra mondiale, e si incentra sulla terribile evacuazione verso la Gran Bretagna di circa 400000 soldati alleati dalla spiaggia di Dunkerque sotto la minaccia dell’esercito tedesco.

Nolan pone la vicenda su tre terreni di battaglia e tre unità di tempo (una settimana sulla spiaggia dove i soldati aspettavano la loro sorte, un giorno in mare seguendo una delle imbarcazioni civili che parteciparono al salvataggio, un’ora in cielo seguendo l’eroico pilota di uno spitfire), tre punti di vista che il regista e sceneggiatore converge in un unico presente con abilità straordinaria.

Nel film sono fondamentali la fotografia e la colonna sonora, tutto passa attraverso l’immagine e il suono, i rumori sono resi talmente bene che alcuni veterani di Dunkirk che hanno visto l’anteprima con l’attore Branagh, hanno affermato che i suoni nel film sono anche più intensi di quelli che hanno sentito nella realtà in quei drammatici giorni.

Ogni fotogramma è una fotografia piena di significato, ogni suono è reso benissimo, la colonna sonora è perfetta e mantiene la tensione altissima in ogni momento, l’unione di tutti questi elementi, insieme ad alcuni silenzi da brivido, fanno di Dunkirk una vera e propria opera d’arte. Il film può essere descritto come un quadro in movimento che compie una danza intorno allo spazio e al tempo.

La resa dei tempi dimostra la bravura di Nolan, tutto il film è un avanti e indietro, come le onde che si infrangono sulla spiaggia, come i soldati che hanno una speranza di fuggire e poi vengono riportati dal mare sulla spiaggia, il tempo stesso che va avanti e indietro, è un ticchettio simile a quello di un orologio rotto, come quello scandito dalla musica e dai battiti del cuore. Tutto ciò rappresenta anche la corsa contro il tempo che i soldati, colpiti dai tedeschi via mare, via terra e via cielo, si trovarono a compiere per cercare di andarsene da quella spiaggia da cui “si può quasi vedere casa” e tornare in Inghilterra, mentre facevano il conto alla rovescia fino alla successiva alta marea.

È come se la spiaggia di Dunkirk fosse un limbo, con i soldati che aspettano la loro sorte ignari di ciò che gli accadrà

È un nuovo genere di film bellico, non esiste la retorica, l’eroismo, la gloria: tutti i soldati sono anonimi sia che siano eroi sia che siano codardi o entrambe le cose; non ci sono eroi, solo ragazzi e uomini che vogliono tornare a casa, “surviving is enough” come l’ennesimo personaggio anonimo con alcune immagini particolari evidenzia la solitudine e la disperazione che la guerra provoca. Non è un film di guerra in cui ci sono buoni e cattivi, qui il nemico è un’ombra, e non ha un ruolo centrale.

La guerra di Nolan è fatta di gente che muore o che sopravvive ma sentendo gravare su di sé un senso inutile e ingenuo di disonore e delusione derivante dalla retorica di Churchill.

Il salvataggio dei soldati non è considerato una vittoria ma il contenimento di una sconfitta.

È un film che può tranquillamente essere definito arte, alcuni lo hanno definito un capolavoro impressionista, e soprattutto, grazie anche alla bravura di tutto il cast, riesce ad onorare la storia vera.

I dialoghi ridotti al minimo, ma ogni parola detta ha un significato profondo e gli attori, bravissimi, riescono a rendere tutto il resto con i soli sguardi.

È un film assolutamente da vedere che merita di entrare nella storia, come probabilmente ha già fatto.

Maggio, 1940. Sulla spiaggia di Dunkirk 400.000 soldati inglesi si ritrovano accerchiati dall’esercito tedesco. Colpiti da terra, da cielo e da mare, i britannici organizzano una rocambolesca operazione di ripiegamento. Il piano di evacuazione coinvolge anche le imbarcazioni civili, requisite per rimpatriare il contingente e continuare la guerra contro il Terzo Reich.

2017 EE British Academy Film Awards Winners! (BAFTA)

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Here are the EE British Academy Film Awards nominations and Winners in 2017!

 

FELLOWSHIP

MEL BROOKS

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
CURZON

BEST FILM
ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O’Brien
LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
DENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM David Yates, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 
The Girl With All the Gifts: MIKE CAREY (Writer), CAMILLE GATIN (Producer)
The Hard Stop: GEORGE AMPONSAH (Writer/Director/Producer), DIONNE WALKER (Writer/Producer)
Notes on Blindness: PETER MIDDLETON (Writer/Director/Producer), JAMES SPINNEY (Writer/Director/Producer), JO-JO ELLISON (Producer)
The Pass: JOHN DONNELLY (Writer), BEN A. WILLIAMS (Director)
Under the Shadow: BABAK ANVARI (Writer/Director), EMILY LEO, OLIVER ROSKILL, LUCAN TOH (Producers) 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
DHEEPAN Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
SON OF SAUL László Nemes, Gábor Sipos
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski 

DOCUMENTARY
13th Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick, Howard Barish
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK- THE TOURING YEARS Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Scott Pascucci, Nigel Sinclair
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney
WEINER Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

ANIMATED FILM
FINDING DORY Andrew Stanton
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Travis Knight
MOANA Ron Clements, John Musker
ZOOTROPOLIS Byron Howard, Rich Moore

DIRECTOR
ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
HELL OR HIGH WATER Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARRIVAL Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
HIDDEN FIGURES Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder 
LION Luke Davies
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

LEADING ACTOR
ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge
CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea
JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals
RYAN GOSLING La La Land
VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS Arrival
EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
EMMA STONE La La Land
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins
NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Nocturnal Animals
DEV PATEL Lion
HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins
JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water
MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea
NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight
NICOLE KIDMAN Lion
VIOLA DAVIS Fences

ORIGINAL MUSIC 
ARRIVAL Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE Mica Levi
LA LA LAND Justin Hurwitz
LION Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Abel Korzeniowski

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ARRIVAL Bradford Young
HELL OR HIGH WATER Giles Nuttgens
LA LA LAND Linus Sandgren
LION Greig Fraser
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Seamus McGarvey

EDITING
ARRIVAL Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE John Gilbert
LA LA LAND Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Jennifer Lame
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Joan Sobel

PRODUCTION DESIGN
DOCTOR STRANGE Charles Wood, John Bush
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR! Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

LA LA LAND David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco 
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

COSTUME DESIGN
ALLIED Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Consolata Boyle
JACKIE Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND Mary Zophres

MAKE UP & HAIR
DOCTOR STRANGE Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
HACKSAW RIDGE Shane Thomas
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Amanda Knight, Neal Scanlan, Lisa Tomblin

SOUND
ARRIVAL Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
DEEPWATER HORIZON Dror Mohar, Mike Prestwood Smith, Wylie Stateman, Renee Tondelli, David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
LA LA LAND Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ARRIVAL Louis Morin 
DOCTOR STRANGE Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
THE JUNGLE BOOK Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 
THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King 
TOUGH Jennifer Zheng

BRITISH SHORT FILM 
CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) 
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY
LAIA COSTA
LUCAS HEDGES
RUTH NEGGA
TOM HOLLAND

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