The mirrors of Dunkirk – Kristina Chetcuti

In the mid-1990s, film director Christopher Nolan and his wife sailed across the English Channel, specifically from Dover to Dunkirk, trailing the sea passage of many small boats that helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands stranded on the French beach in the World War II evacuation operation.

That is when Nolan decided that he wanted to turn that journey into a movie. He only got round to it some 25 years later and I think it’s one of the greatest war films ever made. It has little dialogue, but the suspense, the tension, the pain, the sorrow, the relief of the land, sea and air operation comes out through the cinematography and the music score.

The Battle of Dunkirk was not a victory per se, but my God, wasn’t it a great victory of resilience, of never giving up? It came at a point when Britain was even discussing the

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