UK 2019. dir. Sam Mendes. 119 mins.

Available on DVD/Blu-Ray

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

1917 is a 2019 British epic war film directed, co-written, and produced bySam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman. It is based in part on an account told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes.

The film tells the story of two young British soldiers during the First World Warwho are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich in 1917.

The film was well-directed and it won a number of awards: Best Cinematography in the Oscars, Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, and at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards won a leading seven, including Best Film and Best Direction. It also won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, and Mendes won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film.

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