Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Dunkirk is the latest in Hollywood’s long obsession with World War II

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At this point, the cumulative hours of film devoted to reenacting World War II in movies (not to mention History Channel specials detailing every Hitler-related conspiracy theory dreamed up) probably outstrips the actual length of the war.

Mel Magazine’s Tim Grierson navigates the genre through a small sampling of more than half a century of WWII movies, describing not just the films themselves but also the historical context of their production and release. Each entry is broken down into two paragraphs—“What’s Going On In America?” and “What’s Going On In Hollywood?”—that pretty clearly spell out what makes the article more worthwhile than the average “best WWII films of ALL TIME” rundown.

As Grierson puts it, “Hollywood’s evolving depiction of World War II can serve as a handy guide to what was going on in the film business, and America, at different times.” From a ...