Christopher Nolan used Stephen Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan as a point of reference for his own WWII film, Dunkirk. The latter film was a huge success upon its release this year, both in terms of its critical reception and its box office returns. As such, the film immediately drew parallels to other iconic WWII movies, Saving Private Ryan naturally being among them.

However, it was not just audiences that compared the two, with Nolan himself drawing inspiration from Spielberg’s historical wartime epic. It seems that Nolan turned to his friend Spielberg, asking for a pristine print of Saving Private Ryan so that he could show his Dunkirk crew how Spielberg had successfully recreated the Omaha Beach landings on film.

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