The Big Screen: 1917

The Big Screen: 1917

Co-written, directed and produced by Sam Mendes, 1917 is an epic war tale based on an account told to Mendes by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes, a decorated veteran who fought in Flanders in the 1st Rifle Brigade.

It chronicles the story of two young British soldiers during the First World War tasked with delivering a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly ambush.

The movie is scheduled for release across the UK on January 10, and received favourable reviews upon it’s premiere and release in North America. 1917 received the Best Picture award in the 77th Golden Globe Awards, despite it’s incomplete release!

World War I, the Great War, the War to End all Wars, no matter what you call it, it was a game changer. Lasting from 1914 to 1918, this war was the first to encompass almost every major power from across the globe. The Central Powers of Austria-Hungary, Germany, and the dying Ottoman Empire fought against the Allied Powers of France, Great Britain, Russia, and eventually the United States, all over a desire for power and territory. WWI also saw a clash between the old style of 19th century warfare and newly developed 20th century technologies that would change the face of war forever. By the time the Armistice was signed on November 11 1918, both sides had lost over 37 million soldiers and civilians.

More on WWI:

Study Guide: What Caused World War I?

Watch: Globe Trekker – World War I Special

Read: The Somme Valley Battlefields

Read: In Flanders Field

Watch: Adventure Golf – Northern France

Main Image: Gassed, Sargent John Singer, Wikipedia Commons