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Dunkirk: Remembering Ealing Studios' 1958 film as Christopher Nolan brings his epic to the screen

Way back before pop star Harry Styles, who features in Dunkirk, was born, a black and white telling of the story was produced at Ealing Studios

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk will hit cinema screens across the UK on Friday (July 21) and has garnered huge hype among movie fans.

The film tells the story of the evacuation of allied forces from the beach of Dunkirk after they were surrounded by Germans during World War Two, between late May and June 4 in 1940.

This isn't the first time the war story has been told on the big screen, though.

Way back before pop star Harry Styles, who features in the latest release, was even born, a black and white edition of the film was produced in Ealing Studios.

Ealing Studios(Image: Google)

Leslie Norman's Dunkirk was released in 1958 and turned out to be the third from last film to come out of the studio based in west London.

Dunkirk was filmed at on Camber Sands in East Sussex(Image: Studiocanal)

The studio had opened in 1931. Seven years later Michael Balcon of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) replaced Basil Dean, Stephen Courtauld and Reginald Baker, all of whom set up the business in Ealing Green.

The BBC brought the studio in 1955 and by the time Dunkirk was made, productions bearing the Ealing productions label were being made at the MGM British Studios in Borehamwood.

Dunkirk was made by Ealing Studios(Image: Studiocanal)

With the 1958 edition of Dunkirk, Mr Balcon, who ran the studio, set out to prove that Britain could produce a war film equal to those produced by America.

Nowhere to Go and The Siege of Pinchgut were the last two titles to be released by Ealing productions before it was sold up.

The new restoration of Dunkirk is released on DVD, Blu-ray and EST with brand new extras on Monday September 25 from Studiocanal as part of their Vintage Classics Collection.

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