Lessons from 1917

Sam Mendes’s World War I drama, 1917, brings The Great War to modern audiences with raw ferocity. It makes no attempt to entertain, preach, tear-jerk, or inspire. It provides no historical context, but brings powerful lessons from the past from a war largely eclipsed by the Second World War and the passage of more than a century.

The film centers entirely on two lance corporals, Blake and Schofield, commissioned to deliver a…

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