[Marxism] Dunkirk, the War and the Amnesia of the Empire

DW dwaltersmia at gmail.com
Wed Aug 2 15:00:13 MDT 2017

The reviewer in criticizing C. Nolan, for his film 'Dunkirk' made a rather
interesting omission. In deriding Nolan over his lack of people of color
(save for one of the two scenes of *French* troops in the film). What the
reviewer fails to draw on are any...facts. Yes...there were Indian Muslim
troops at Dunkirk. 4 companies to be exact. That equals approx 1,000 to
1,600 troops...out of 400,000 or, about 1/4 of 1% of the total. I have no
doubt that Nolan wanted to enforce the collective amnesia of Britain over
the role of the Colonial Troops of which, the review noted, were over
2,000,000. But there were not 2,000,000 at Dunkirk OR in the whole British
Army...most of these were recruited after Dunkirk.

There were then two scenes that *should* of included the various South
Asian and African participants that WOULD of made sense: the crews of
various ships which is noted to have been over 50% and were not shown, and
the scene of the one the British soldiers who makes it to French lines
guarding the rear at Dunkirk, they could of shown the double-digit % of
French African troops. That would of made sense. But on the beaches? I
don't think so it was necessarily deliberate based on what I know about the
composition of the British soldiers seeking to escape capture.


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