“You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.”
- Werner Herzog
A straight-look at Dunkirk:
1. This is a film directed by Christopher Nolan, of Memento, The Prestige, Interstellar fame.
2. This is a film edited by Lee Smith, whose credits include Inception and The Truman Show.
3. This is a film shot by Her’s Hoyte Van Hoytema.
4. It is populated by a vast variety of individuals: Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh etc.
5. They do not play characters intrinsically, instead aligning along the spectrum of looming, waking memory-spirits of distress, courage,…