Christopher Nolan’s DunKirk Unfolds Different Temporalities of Soldiers During WWII
Christopher Nolan DunKirk: In a recent interview, filmmaker Christopher Nolan revealed some exciting details about DunKirk and what audiences can expect from his upcoming magnum opus war movie, which releases in July. This is what Nolan had to say about his ambitious project.
“DunKirk is told from three points of view – The air (planes), the land (on the beach) and the sea (the evacuation by the navy). For the soldiers embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities. On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; And if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata. Hence the complicated structure; Even if the story, once again, is very simple.
“This is an essential moment in the history of the Second World War. If this evacuation had not been a success, Great Britain would have been obliged to capitulate. And the whole world would have been lost, or would have known a different fate: the Germans would undoubtedly have conquered Europe, the US would not have returned to war. It is a true point of rupture in war and in history of the world. A decisive moment. And the success of the evacuation allowed Churchill to impose the idea of a moral victory, which allowed him to galvanize his troops like civilians and to impose a spirit of resistance while the logic of this sequence should have been that of surrender. Militarily it is a defeat; On the human plane, it is a colossal victory.”
“The empathy for the characters has nothing to do with their story,” added Nolan. “I did not want to go through the dialogue, tell the story of my characters… The problem is not who they are, who they pretend to be or where they come from. The only question I was interested in was: Will they get out of it? Will they be killed by the next bomb while trying to join the mole? Or will they be crushed by a boat while crossing?”
Warner Bros. will release DunKirk worldwide on July 21 in IMAX and other screens.