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Christopher Nolan explains about his triptych storytelling in Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan’s much awaited film, Dunkirk is all set to hit screens on July 21, 2017. The director, when asked by the Hollywood media about his war based venture, opened up about his usage of triptych storytelling in this flick. Here is what he had to say about his unique method of narration :


“The film is told from three points of view. The air (planes), the land (on the beach) and the sea (the evacuation by the navy). For the soldiers embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities. On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; And if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata. Hence the complicated structure; Even if the story, once again, is very simple.

“This is an essential moment in the history of the Second World War. If this evacuation had not been a success, Great Britain would have been obliged to capitulate. And the whole world would have been lost, or would have known a different fate: the Germans would undoubtedly have conquered Europe, the US would not have returned to war. It is a true point of rupture in war and in history of the world. A decisive moment. And the success of the evacuation allowed Churchill to impose the idea of a moral victory, which allowed him to galvanize his troops like civilians and to impose a spirit of resistance while the logic of this sequence should have been that of surrender. Militarily it is a defeat; On the human plane, it is a colossal victory.


Looks like Dunkirk is going to be yet another complicated film from the legendary director, Christopher Nolan that requires mature conceptualisation and thinking from the audiences.