Directed by Sam Mendes • Written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns • Produced by Amblin Partners, DreamWorks Pictures, Mogambo, Neal Street Productions, and Reliance Entertainment • Distributed by Universal Pictures
La Grande Illusion (1937)
Directed by Jean Renoir • Written by Charles Spaak and Jean Renoir • Produced by Réalisations d’Art Cinématographique (RAC) • Distributed by World Pictures
Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick • Written by Stanley Kubrick and Calder Willingham • Produced by Bryna Productions • Distributed by United Artists
Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie • Written by Ronald Bronstein, Josh and Benny Safdie • Produced by Elara Pictures • Distributed by A24
Sam Mendes’ new film, 1917, is a rigorous examination of what it was like to be a low-ranking officer in the Great War. The film follows—literally, with a camera just over their shoulders—two young lance corporals, mere boys, as they attempt to follow mission orders that may well prove fatal.
It’s 1917, and a troop of 1,600 British soldiers have been dispatched to northern France near Soissons to pursue German infantrymen in retreat. But then belated news...