There’s no deficiency of World War II motion pictures, and there’s no lack of twenty-something pundits pontificating about their “exactness.” Whether a film like Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk—an exciting account of the escape of Allied troops over the English Channel from the tip of France in 1940—is “precise” is presumably best controlled by somebody who was, you know, entirely. Fortunately, that somebody exists: His name is Ken Sturdy and Global News got up to speed with him in Calgary as he was leaving a screening of the film.
With feeling in his voice, Sturdy, a 97-year old veteran who filled in as a signalman with the Royal Navy amid the Dunkirk clearing, communicated adoration for the film. “I never thought I would see that again,” he said. “It was much the same as I was there once more.”
It’s unthinkable not to be moved when he discusses being “disheartened” by the film, saying he “could see my old companions once more” before bemoaning how he “lost so large portions of my amigos.”
“This evening I cried,” he proceeded with, “in light of the fact that it’s never the end. This human species, we are so shrewd, we do such surprising things. We can travel to the moon, yet despite everything we do moronic things.”
Tough got further into his own particular involvement in a meeting with The Calgary Herald. “There was a genuine feeling of misfortune,” he said. “There was an incredible feeling of hopelessness among the men. I can’t without much of a stretch articulate it—we went crosswise over there to spare Europe and we lost.”
While the audits for Dunkirk have been for the most part positive—our own beyond any doubt was—to hear somebody like Sturdy say that the film caught the disarray and feeling of loss of the trial is a support all its own.