Dunkirk (1958)

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A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.


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13 January 2019 | shakercoola
| A carefully observed film about a gallant effort and a very complex naval event
This story, set during Operation Dynamo, is an account of the evacuation of surrounded British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, France between 26 May and 4 June 1940 and is given reverent but reserved treatment. The notion that these soldiers were men first and heroes second is to the film's credit. Events are seen mostly from the viewpoints of two people, a civilian in England, newspaper reporter, and a British soldier who becomes detached from the rest of the retreating Allies in France. The inspirational nature of the event is captured well, as are the actions during, leading up to, and including the evacuation. It is gritty in showing the bravery, sacrifices made and struggle against-the-odds. It also pulls no punches about the way the British people viewed the event before it happened, and the conflict and disagreements within the Royal Navy and in government.

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