- Michael Shields
Even though the menacing year that is 2020 is in full swing, Welcome To The Party Pal takes a look back at one of 2019’s most acclaimed and captivating films, 1917. 1917 is a British epic war film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, and features assists from Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film tells the story of two young British soldiers during the First World War who are ordered to deliver a message calling off an attack doomed to fail soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich in 1917. This message is especially important to one of the soldiers, as his brother is taking part in the pending attack. 1917 received ten nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three, including Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins). It also won Best Motion Picture-Drama and Best Director at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, and at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards won a leading seven, including Best Film and Best Direction.
In this episode, hosts Mitch Lucas and Michael Shields dissect exactly what makes 1917 so special — a film amazingly crafted to appear as if it were shot in two audacious takes. Celebrating specifically the filmmakers and actors behind this remarkable achievement, and delving into the horrors of war depicted in 1917, this episode shines a bright light on a must-see film that is one of the most immersive cinematic experiences ever birthed.
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