1917 (Film)

1917 (Film) Literary Elements


Sam Mendes

Leading Actors/Actresses

George MacKay

Supporting Actors/Actresses

Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch


War, Action




The film was nominated for quite a few Academy Awards, including: Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Won), Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects (Won), Best Sound Mixing (Won), and Best Sound Editing.

Date of Release

December 25th, 2019


Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall, and Brian Oliver

Setting and Context

Over the course of one day in Northern France during WWI

Narrator and Point of View

Told from the point of view of Schofield and Blake.

Tone and Mood

Violent, Chaotic, Horrifying, Energetic, Solemn, and Sad.

Protagonist and Antagonist

Schofield vs. The German Army

Major Conflict

Blake and Schofield's attempt to get the message saying to call off the attack to the Second Battalion despite having to travel through a treacherous and dangerous no man's land to deliver the message.


When Schofield finally delivers the message to Mackenzie.


Schofield and Blake's desire to not be in the army foreshadows their getting sent on a dangerous journey.


The effect Blake's death has on Schofield is often quite understated.

Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques

1917 appears to have been filmed in one take (though it is fact comprised of multiple carefully edited shots), something which is very seldom done.


Allusions to history, to English poetry, English song.


Schofield regrets having gone on the mission in the beginning, but then becomes very passionate about completing it once Blake dies.


Parallelism between Blake and Schofield. They are companions, foils for one another.