Sunday, January 12, 2020


Sharon and I watched 1917 at the Country Club Cinema. At the 77th Golden Globe Awards the film won for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director. When the Oscars nominations are announced on Monday, I expect that it will be nominated for Best Picture.

1917 is an epic war film directed, co-written and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott [the priest in season two of Fleabag], Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Filming took place from April to June 2019 in England and Scotland with cinematographer Roger Deakins using long takes to have the entire film look like one continuous shot.

The film is based in part on a story told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather Alfred Mendes. It chronicles two young British soldiers during World War I who were given a mission to deliver a message. It warns of an ambush during a skirmish soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich.

I recommend the film. It is definitely a movie that should be seen in the theater with a large screen and a dolby sound system! The cinematography is amazing; much of the film really feels like one continuous shot. Sharon was pleasantly surprised by the film and ranks it as one of the three best films that we have seen this awards season.

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