Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies at IWM London


Staged scene from The Battle of the Somme film, 1916 © IWM (Q 70164)
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Discover the inspiration behind and reception of war films with Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies at the Imperial War Museum London.

Marking 100 years since The Battle of the Somme film release, this exhibition explores the way in which the theme of war has been used to create compelling and poignant movies over the last century.

Rediscover the real-life stories of twentieth-century conflicts that have inspired film makers, from D-Day to the man behind Lawrence of Arabia. Go behind the scenes of the making of war movies and examine the way these films have changed our perceptions of warfare.

Plus, take a closer look at film props, costumes, scripts, sketches and clips from such iconic films as Battle of Britain, The Dam Busters, Atonement, War Horse, Where Eagles Dare and Casablanca, on display alongside wartime artefacts from the museum’s own collection.


Venue Details & Map

IWM London: Imperial War Museum London

Lambeth Road
+44 (0)20 7416 5000
Public transport:
Tube: Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle, Waterloo Train: Waterloo, Elephant & Castle

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