Chris Hicks: ‘Dunkirk’ brings to mind an array of earlier real-life World War II movies

Good movies can get you in the mood for more, often sending film-watchers in search of similar flicks to feed the hunger.

So it is with “Dunkirk,” which is a mind-blowing, visceral film, especially on an Imax screen. In fact, the company’s trademarked catchphrase — “The Imax Experience” — is apropos in this instance. It really is an experience.

“Dunkirk” is one of those rare movies created with the huge Imax screens and high-definition projection systems in mind.

Writer-director Christopher Nolan, who has filmed portions of some of his earlier films with Imax cameras — most notably some key action scenes in “The Dark Knight” — went all the way here. Well, three-quarters of the way.

According to Nolan in various interviews before the film’s release last weekend, 75 percent of “Dunkirk” was shot on film with 65mm Imax cameras — unusual in this age of nearly everything being shot digitally. (Films aren’t really “films” anymore; they’re “digitals,” or perhaps “pixels.”)

None of which is to suggest the film is perfect. As with other Nolan films, the dialogue is often garbled or drowned out by the incessant rumbling music; the timeline jumps around, sometimes incomprehensibly, and the story is paper-thin, with characters that are merely cardboard stereotypes.

But if you’re happy with immersive visuals on a grand scale, this is the picture for you.

Still, it left me wanting to return to some of my old favorites, great old movies that relate true stories about World War II — and which actually have, you know, a story and fleshed-out characters.

So here are some suggestions. You won’t find anything post-1970, however — no “Hacksaw Ridge” or “The Zookeeper’s Wife” or…

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