Imagining a Better Future by Re-imagining the Past

Saturday, November 9, 2019


With Armistice Day (Veterans Day here in the States) upon us, I felt like I needed to write a post about World War 1. Not long ago I saw a trailer for a new movie scheduled to be released later this year about the Great War. That movie is 1917.

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1917 stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s directed by Sam Mendes and co-written by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The film is based in part on an account told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes,

According to Wikipedia,

At the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich. The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake's own brother, from walking into a deadly trap. The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars.

The movie 1917 is scheduled to be released on December 25th, 2019.

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