Dunkirk and Darkest Hour fuel Brexit fantasies – even if they weren’t meant to

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The glorious myths of Britain’s wartime role are gaining ground

Unfortunately for our understanding of Britain’s past and our estimate of its likely future, the Oscars have no category for the untrue: “for the movie”, as the host might put it as he or she fingers the envelope, “that most energetically disrespects the historical record”.

Ean 1aIf there were, two contenders high on this year’s fibbers’ list would be Dunkirk and Darkest Hour – films that between them have gathered 14 Oscar nominations.

Dunkirk has eight, including those for best picture and…

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