One comment on “Other Dunkirks

  1. I much appreciated this commentary, that connects to two of my experiences as an Brit/Australian in Europe in July. One was the effect of seeing ‘Dunkirk’ posters throughout London, and the strange resonance of this past in the present you discuss here was palpable. The other is the deeply troubling emergence of this World War 1 imaginary in ‘Wonder Woman’. I saw this film in Berlin, and was ashamed to see how it recycles the plucky British nationalist narrative and AngloAmerican stereotypes of the evil enemy. Would I have felt so self-conscious if I had seen it at home in Australia? I hope so, but to watch it in Berlin (where there was a murmur through the cinema at some of the crassness of this) made me wonder why we need this, still, and how audiences in Europe view this now.

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