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Following the death of three brothers, the US government orders a small group of soldiers serving in France during World War Two to head off on a mission to locate a fourth brother, and bring him back home safely. Leading the mission is Captain John Miller, a former schoolteacher, wearied by the devastating effect of what he has witnessed. Steven Spielberg's film was rightly acclaimed for the brutally realistic scenes showing the chaos of the American landings on the beaches of Normandy and became hugely influential on all filmic representations of battle since.
A film guide that looks at Atonement (2007), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Based on the World War I experience of soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon, who suffered a mental breakdown on realising there was no point to the fighting
All ages 108 mins
Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director Oscar-winner for this tense action film about mentally pressured bomb squad specialists in Iraq.
14–16 years 126 mins
This haunting World War II drama about the psychological and spiritual toll of war centres on a US platoon struggling against Japanese forces.
16+ years 166 mins
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Ahead of VE Day (8 May) history teacher Daryn Simon details why he believes that film is a powerful tool for developing young people's understanding of history.
Reading time 4 mins
Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite to explore the Cold War in new thriller Bridge of Spies.
Reading time 10 mins
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Reading time 9 mins
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