Spoiler alert: In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Wednesday’s edition of the Culture Gabfest, Dana, Julia, and Stephen discuss the ending of Dunkirk.
What was it about the film’s ending that made it so exquisite, and what saved it from straying into nauseating sentimentality? How would being British—and being as acquainted with the historical events of Dunkirk as Americans are with, say, Pearl Harbor—have changed the emotional resonance of the film? It goes without saying: This movie is much better than Pearl Harbor.
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