Episode 30

1917 (2019)


April 8th, 2022

1 hr 55 mins 33 secs

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About this Episode

Easily the biggest WWI film of recent memory, 1917 conjured a variety of opinions from critics and viewers alike. Its 3 Oscar wins (Cinematography, Visual Effects, and Sound Editing) and over 200 total award nominations speak for themselves.

Director Sam Mendes, with Roger Deakins as Director of Photography, boldly chose to shoot and edit the film as a “simulated one-shot”, à la“Rope” or “Birdman”.

Aside from the usual rivet-counting that always accompanies high-profile war films, the “single-shot” technique might be the most discussed aspect of 1917.

So, what did we think about the film, the shooting technique, and the story (loosely based on Mendes' grandfather’s experiences as a runner in the Great War)?

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