Once in a blue moon, a film comes along that redefines the form. I suggest that 1917 (2020 – Sam Mendes) is such a film. I say this not just because of the technical brilliance of the one-shot appearance of the film. I don’t say it because of Roger Deakins’ stunning cinematography or the brilliant screenplay by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Nor do I say it because of the standout performances from George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth et al; or Thomas Newman’s phenomenal soundtrack. I say it because all films are team efforts. We must assess this masterpiece as a gestalt: something that is greater than the sum of its multitalented parts. Flaws? Yes of

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