Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies

IWM London

1 Jul 2016 – 8 Jan 2017

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Investigating the ways filmmakers have reimagined real life war stories for the silver screen.

From the uniform James McAvoy wore to play soldier Robbie Turner in Atonement to an example of the cine camera that was used to record The Battle of the Somme, this exhibition brings together an array of costumes, props, scripts, clips and sketches that reveal how the dramatic events of war have been portrayed in cinema.

It not only charts the successes but also the controversies; while some have been awarded Oscars others have been criticised, or even censored. Jarhead, Casablanca, War Horse and Apocalypse Now are among those featured.

Drawing on a series of artefacts and archival documents, the display compares the films with the real life events that inspired them. For example, historical accounts of the D-Day invasion are shown alongside its harrowing recreation in Saving Private Ryan.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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