ON SCREEN // HOP FILM
Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) assembles an all-star cast (Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance) for this WWII epic about thousands of Allied troops trapped on the beach.
“The surpassing accomplishment of Dunkirk is to make us feel an almost literal fusion with its story. It’s not so much that we’ve seen a splendid movie, though we have, but as if we’ve been taken inside a historic event, become wholly immersed in something real and alive.” —LA Times
From writer/director Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) comes this “tour de force of cinematic craft and technique” (New York Times). With Kenneth Branagh on land, Mark Rylance at sea and Tom Hardy in the air, the stunning WWII epic unfolds from three perspectives as 400,000 British and Allied troops are literally trapped on a French beach, with the Germans closing in.
D: Christopher Nolan, US, 2017, 2h
Christopher Nolan went old school and shot his epic on 70mm celluloid film, a unique decision in today’s digital age. Like Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, Nolan wanted the largest possible canvas for his wartime saga. But is there really a difference between this format and digital? Here’s an opinion from an expert:
“It’s possible that the average viewer can’t exactly put their finger on what’s different about it, but when you see it…it just makes you feel like you’re in the world of the film. They’ll have a better experience even if they don’t know why,” —David Schwartz, chief curator of New York’s Museum of the Moving Image.
While we can’t present 70mm—there are only 159 theaters left worldwide with this capability—we can offer it in 35mm and on the 27' Spaulding screen with surround sound. Having made the trek to Boston’s Coolidge Corner to see the 70mm version, we think our option will be pretty terrific as well.
—Sydney and Johanna, Hop Film