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Keira Knightley, Atonement

Compared with its grittier Oscar rivals, Joe Wright’s lush period romance Atonement looked almost archaic. But his epic adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, about a foolish young girl (Saoirse Ronan) whose hasty judgments doom her sister’s romance, boasts its own modern storytelling ingenuity. Repeat viewings highlight the meticulous camera work and editing, yet the impact of the lovers’ sadness perseveres. EXTRAS In his commentary, Wright dissects the five-minute Dunkirk beach tracking shot. Fortunately, they nailed it in three takes, just before the Steadicam operator collapsed. A-

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