DVD - 2017
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Explores the audacious bid to rescue over 400,000 troops from the British Expeditionary Force besieged on the beaches at Dunkirk, which ranks as one of the greatest maritime evacuations in history. Combines contemporary footage and reenactments to tell the story in 3 episodes.
Publisher: [London] : BBC, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.5341 DUNKIRK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 03, 2017

I anticipated viewing this movie since too little is written or documented about this early event in the Second World War. The movie did show the battles leading up to the necessary evacuation of Dunkirk and Churchill’s insistence in the operation. Why did the movie end shortly after one-hour? Did the over three hundred thousand English and French make off Dunkirk? Yes, we know the history. Dunkirk was about the part of England sending tugs and small boats to assist in the evacuation. The movie glossed over the challenges to evacuate this number without adequate docking and the shuttling of troops from the beach to larger ships off shore. The supplemental material did contain interviews with some of these people but this would be missed by only viewing the movie.

Jul 26, 2017

Note that this is *not* the 2017 film directed by Christopher Nolan, but rather a re-release of the 2004 BBC docudrama. Still, a fine work it its own right, and well worth watching.


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