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Sam Mendes Explains How His Grandfather And His Influence Led Him To Make 1917

Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe winning film 1917 isn’t based on a true story. The story of two lance corporals running to stop an attack which will end in tragedy never happened, but the story was inspired by very real events. Of course, the film is set during the very real World War I, but simply the idea of making the movie in the first place was largely inspired by a real person, Mendes’ own grandfather Alfred, who was a soldier during the great war and who once had a mission shockingly similar to the one in the movie.

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