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Movie Nite! Our November Movie Night will be a special salute to Veterans: "1917"


The film takes place over the space of one day. On 6 April 1917, aerial reconnaissance observed that the German army, which has pulled back from a sector of the Western Front in northern France, is not actually “in retreat” as thought, but has made a strategic withdrawal where they secretly wait to overwhelm the British crossing the now open space with deadly artillery.  

 In the British trenches, with field telephone lines cut, two young British lance corporals, are ordered by the General to serve as “runners” and carry the urgent message to call off the scheduled attack the next morning. An attack that would jeopardize the lives of 1,600 British soldiers, including the brother of one of the runner’s, a young lieutenant.  Filming was uniquely accomplished with long takes and elaborately choreographed moving camera shots to give the effect of one or two continuous takes.  

The film received Ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three including, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

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