Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine is a companion history book to the movie, Dunkirk, coming out. Mr. Levine’s 2001 book was the basis for the movie, this edition is an updated one.
- 368 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006274030X
My rating for Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture — 4
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I have to admit that I did not know much about Dunkirk until Christopher Nolan’s movie came out. The trailer looked great and a five minute single take tracking shot, all done as a single shot, floored me. As someone who takes an interest in the Second World War, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to read Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine.
Mr. Levine’s 2011 book was the basis for the motion picture, but this edition has interviews with Mr. Nolan at the beginning with much insight into the project, as well as a chapter at the end discussing the process of making the movie. Several people from the production team (which I can only guess would have been enormous), are also interviewed with gives the reader a fascinating look into the hard work and dedication it takes to re-create history.
The author takes a fascinating look about the logistics of the evacuation, which is no small feat. Every ship the English could get their hands on (fishing boats, pleasure boats, etc.) that could have possibly made the ride was recruited. The film even features a few or the original ships that were restored.
The scale and enormity of the operation is simply difficult to comprehend. There were tens of thousands of soldiers on the beach, evading German air attacks and waiting to be evacuated. The author also tells the stories of the soldier who were arranges in an ever shrinking circle around Dunkirk, protecting the shores and the men from constant attacks by the German army trying to break through.
This is a fascinating book on an amazing historical event which, if you are outside of England, rarely gets mentioned. While it may look like a huge loss, the “Dunkirk Spirit” was used as a rallying cry for the English, and still does from my understanding, to work hard as a team and achieve a hard earned goal.
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