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A film fan has re-imagined Christopher Nolan‘s Oscar-tipped war film Dunkirk as an old-school silent movie, and the results are pretty darn impressive.

Shared on YouTube, the eight-minute Dunkirk silent movie features grainy black-and-white visuals, a tension-building orchestral score, and explanation cards between scenes to progress the plot.

In the process, the film’s starry cast led by Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Aneurin Barnard all become old-timey film stars for a few moments.

Check it out below.

The short movie was made by the Like Stories of Old YouTube channel, which has attracted 35,000 subscribers since launching earlier this year.

Writing on Facebook, Like Stories of Old said it was inspired to turn Dunkirk into a silent movie after seeing Nolan name-check several classic silent flicks as an influence.

“I was amazed at how well it translated and how well it highlighted Nolan’s use of camera angles, body language, facial expressions and staging in Dunkirk’s storytelling; a great use of visuals both in portraying minor conflicts as well as in telling the story as a whole,” Like Stories of Old wrote.

“This last point presented an interesting challenge for my video essay, because translating individual scenes into silent ones is relatively easy; I think there are many recent films that have scenes with strong visual storytelling, but I can’t think of many films that can be turned into a silent film in their entirety and still work. Dunkirk however, I believe, is one of those films.”

Since opening in theaters in July, Dunkirk has grossed over $525 million at the box office globally. It will compete for three prizes at next month’s Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Director (for Nolan), and Best Score (for Hans Zimmer).

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By Nick Levine