this extraordinary training that the actors had to follow!

Released in January 2020, the film 1917 signed Sam Mendes is broadcast this Sunday, November 13 at 9:10 p.m. on France 2. The opportunity to (re) immerse yourself in the turmoil of the First World War, alongside two soldiers, who are assigned to a mission that seems impossible to achieve…

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Whereas 1917 was a great success with two of the most prestigious statuettes: best dramatic film and best director at the the Golden Globes ceremony in 2020, the epic feature film offers a journey to the heart of the First World War, when soldiers are assigned to deliver a message that could prevent a devastating attack and the death of hundreds of soldiers. A film made by Sam Mendesto whom we owe in particular Sky Fall (2012), 007 Specter (2015), American Beauty (2000), or even The Rebel Weddings (2009) to name but a few. 1917 airs tonight at 9:10 p.m. on France 2.

1917 : Sam Mendes is inspired by the stories of his grandfather

Very anxious to make his film as realistic as possible, the director decided to make it a single sequence shot, with a real immersion in the north of France, in the heart of the fighting, the mud, the fear. During his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Sam Mendes spoke of his grandfather (now deceased), who inspired him a lot for the film. This is the writer Alfred Mendes, who served at the age of 17 during the First World War and who testified to his experience through writings. Anecdotally, Alfred Mendes was awarded the Military Medal for bravery because he pointed out the location of the wounded so they could be rescued.

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1917 : an extraordinary training

The film’s technical adviser on military matters was not chosen at random since it is Paul Bliss, a former paratrooper who served in the British army for 24 years. The latter took very seriously the transmission of the state of mind of the soldiers to the actors. To do so, he decided to set up training camps on the filming locations, to get them used to life in the trenches, but also to train them in attack tactics. He also didn’t hesitate to organize long walks with the actors, to teach them everything they needed to know to be as credible as possible. In an interview with Business InsiderPaul Bliss testifies: “Foot care was one of the first lessons I taught George (MacKay) and Dean (Charles Chapman), the importance of taking care of their feet daily. (…) Basic recruits still learn this even today. (…) ‘Trench foot’, a common infection during the First World War, is caused by damp, cold and unsanitary conditions. It can be avoided by keeping feet dry and clean, but if left untreated can lead to gangrene and amputation.”.

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