1917 captures the tragedy of war

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Most of the acclaim surrounding Sam Mendes’s Oscar-Nominated Great War epic 1917 has been, deservedly, focused on the technical marvel of its filming. The film’s timeline unfolds across the span of a day, and is shown in two incredibly long and unbroken tracking shots.

It’s breathtaking cinematography from Roger Deakins, and it captures the horrors and realities of war in a way that perhaps no film ever…