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The Dig, a movie

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The Dig, a movie

I don't usually write about movies, but can we talk about The Dig? It depicts the 1939 discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial, which dates from the Old English period. The first part of the movie is intriguing. We see the two lead characters (Edith Pretty who owned the site and Basil Brown who started the excavation) bond over their shared enthusiasm for archaeology. The movie focuses on the characters and their relationships, often at the expense of the archaeology. Carey Mulligan's performance of Pretty is moving, but it's a lost opportunity for a middle-aged actress to shine in...

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