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A crop of new war films wallows in misguided nostalgia

New films about the Second World War peddle fantasies of national greatness—and capture the mood of Brexit Britain

By Piers Brendon   July 2017

Actor Fionn Whitehead in a scene from Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. Photo: Warner Brothers

A few months ago I was asked to talk to the cast and crew of a feature film entitled Darkest Hour (out this November), starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and Kristin Scott Thomas as his wife Clementine. The director, Joe Wright, wanted me to provide a biographical analysis of the prime minister and some historical background to the crisis engulfing the country at the end of May 1940. Then, as France was collapsing under the…

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