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    FILM RECON Interview: Fionn Whitehead on “Dunkirk”

    Fionn Whitehead, 19, acted on stage and in a miniseries before Christopher Nolan selected him for the lead role in Dunkirk. He spoke to Senior Editor Paraag Shukla of World War II magazine about the film, which...

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    FILM RECON Interview: Jack Lowden on “Dunkirk”

    Jack Lowden, 27, is a successful and award-winning actor. Prior to being cast as a Royal Air Force pilot in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Lowden performed on stage as well as in television and film projects. He...

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    FILM RECON Interview: Mark Rylance on “Dunkirk”

    Mark Rylance, 57, is a well-respected actor, theatre director, and playwright. Known for acclaimed performances on stage and screen, he won an Academy Award and BAFTA Award in 2015 for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s...

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    FILM RECON: Dunkirk

    SNAPSHOT: Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk, is a thrilling, relentless, and visceral human story of survival set against the backdrop of Operation Dynamo—the 1940 evacuation of beleaguered Allied soldiers from the...

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    Exclusive: Christopher Nolan on “Dunkirk”

    Christopher Nolan, 47, is one of the most successful filmmakers in the industry. Known for such acclaimed films as The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar, Nolan most recently turned his sights to Operation Dynamo, the 1940...

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    FILM RECON Interviews: Brian Cox and Alex von Tunzelmann on “Churchill”

    Veteran actor Brian Cox and screenwriter and historian Alex von Tunzelmann spoke to Paraag Shukla and Claire Barrett of World War II magazine about the new film, CHURCHILL, which tells the untold story of Winston...

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    Film Recon: WAR MACHINE

    SNAPSHOT: Netflix’s War Machine gets some details right about Afghanistan in 2009-2010, but it suffers greatly by portraying its central character as a sort of Frankenstein’s monster. The film follows General Glen...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Whittle- The Jet Pioneer

    Whittle- The Jet Pioneer: His Race Against Time And The Nazis  Directed by Nicholas Jones. 71 minutes. Shelter Island, 2012. $24.98.  Jet engine-designer Sir Frank Whittle was  the quintessential lone British scientist:...

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    WWII Review: Apocalypse- Hitler

    Apocalypse: Hitler Directed by Isabelle Clarke and Daniel Costelle. 110 minutes. Entertainment One, 2012. $19.98. How did Adolf Hitler—failed art student, rootless drifter, just one of millions of unemployed ex-soldiers nursing a nagging...

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    FILM RECON Interview: Daniel Brühl of “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

    Veteran German actor Daniel Brühl spoke to Paraag Shukla and Claire Barrett of World War II magazine about his latest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife. Based on the book by Diane Ackerman, the film tells the true story of Polish...

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    FILM RECON: Five Came Back

    SNAPSHOT: Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau’s excellent Netflix documentary, Five Came Back, is adapted from Mark Harris’ 2014 book and tells the absorbing story of five Hollywood directors during World War II. By the early 1940s,...

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    FILM RECON: 13 Minutes

    SNAPSHOT: Although 13 Minutes—a German film about Georg Elser’s 1939 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler—has all the ingredients of a compelling thriller, it quickly falls flat. After exploring the final, claustrophobic days in Adolf...

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    FILM RECON: Hacksaw Ridge

    SNAPSHOT: Andrew Garfield gives a powerful and moving performance as army medic Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge, a film that is brutally effective in its depictions of combat but nearly derailed by a single-minded, oversimplified message....

  • World War II Magazine

    Battle Films: Casablanca and the Politics of Sacrifice

    The first time I saw was 20 years old, with a date on my arm and hope in my heart. Casablanca I Unsurprisingly, I watched it through the lens of romance. So too, for at least the first five viewings, should anyone watch this most beloved...

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    The Meeting from Hell: Conspiracy

    YOU KNOW THE meeting—management convened it to present some new undertaking and solicit every body’s input. That is what neophytes believe, anyway; the more experienced know the score, and enter the conference room resigned, wary, even...

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    Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven

    This remake of the 1960 classic plods toward the climactic battle with more gunplay but far less character development...