Christopher Nolan Gives a History Lesson in the ‘Dunkirk’ Trailer

Get ready to be incepted… with history. It’s the trailer for Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s unexpected attempt at an entirely straightforward story. Devoid of twists, superheroes, and pseudo-brainy conceits, the film tells the true story of World War II’s famous “Miracle of Dunkirk,” when over 338,000 British troops were successfully evacuated from a beach the Germans had trapped them on. It’s a harrowing tale befitting of Nolan’s joyless, dour sterility, and it was shot on 65mm by the cinematographer for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Her, Interstellar, and Spectre. No matter what, these rescue boats are going to look fucking phenomenal. You can see them on the big screen July 21.

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