Students, go see Dunkirk

LETTER

Every secondary school pupil should go and see “Dunkirk” at the local cinema. I doubt that many of them will have heard of this important battle that took place during the Second World War, given the sort of history that is taught in schools nowadays.

It is an excellent film, not the least because of the elements it does not have. It does not rely on computer generated imagery. There are no torrid love affairs or gratuitous nudity. The director does not go in for any ideological manipulation of the past, nor is there any PC jargon. There is no plot as such — the film’s plot is the battle itself. But you cannot match it for excitement and for the whiff of battle.

For any Brits out there, this is a glimpse into an English civilization and way of life that is sadly passing away. Will the present generation ever display the same courage and heroic resolution that is portrayed in this film?

Patrick Cooper

Every secondary school pupil should go and see “Dunkirk” at the local cinema. I doubt that many of them will have heard of this important battle that took place during the Second World War, given the sort of history that is taught in schools nowadays.

It is an excellent film, not the least because of the elements it does not have. It does not rely on computer generated imagery. There are no torrid love affairs or gratuitous nudity. The director does not go in for any ideological manipulation of the past, nor is there any PC jargon. There is no plot as such — the film’s plot is the battle itself. But you cannot match it for excitement and for the whiff of battle.

For any Brits out there, this is a glimpse into an English civilization and way of life that is sadly passing away. Will the present generation ever display the same courage and heroic resolution that is portrayed in this film?

Patrick Cooper

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John McDougall - 4 months ago
Students, don't go and see Dunkirk. It has whitewashed the substantial African and Indian contingents that were on the beach at Dunkirk. But what do they teach in schools these days? That war is not the best way to solve international disputes? Perish the thought, Patrick! And certainly don't go and see this movie because Patrick Cooper tells you about the exciting 'whiff of battle', or because (shock horror) there's no nudity in it. He displays a kind of militaristic jingoisim that was prevalent before WW1; that we would go over and 'whip Gerry' and it would all be over by Christmas, and it would make a man of you while you were at it. He seems to hark back to the good old days of the war, any war, and seems to wish 'the present generation' could test its mettle in the fire of conflict. Better than going to a war movie that tells only part of the story, look at the pictures of Indian and African troops lined up on the beach that somehow were not included in the movie. Or better yet, go to a military hospital and see how war chews up and spits out young men. Ever think of that Patrick, as you get carried away with the 'exciting whiff of battle'?

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