The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is bringing back acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” for one show only, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The film is widely expected to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture, with a likely nod to Nolan for best director as well.

Nolan is one of the last directors to shoot his movies in the 70mm format, so this is one of the final chances to see a movie tailored for the Spacedome’s 70mm IMAX® projector.

“Dunkirk” is the story of the Allied forces’ first foray into mainland Europe that ended in near catastrophe. British and French troops were trapped in the port town of Dunkirk on the English Channel with the German army quickly approaching and no way to escape. The quagmire had British commanders considering a conditional surrender in 1940, just one year into the war, but both military and civilian ships were able to mount one of the most daring rescue operations in history, saving more than 330,000 stranded soldiers from the clutches of the German war machine.

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