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Hans Zimmer speaks with FLOOD as Dunkirk hits the beaches

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When Hans Zimmer advises fellow movie music makers to learn how to tell a story, he knows from whence he speaks. The German-born composer won an Oscar for his score for The Lion King, and he's created epic, experimental soundscapes for films that are nevertheless approachable enough to warrant him a slot at this year's Coachella. Inception, Gladiator, Rain Man, True Romance, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Interstellar, 12 Years a Slave, the Dark Knight trilogy: all films that rely on his work for their mood.

What all this has meant is that Zimmer-a one-time electronic performer in the New Wave-hasn't toured as a working musician since his days with Krakatoa, Helden, or Buggles. Having him hit the United States for this summer's forty plus–piece orchestra and choir excursion Hans Zimmer Revealed is an immense thrill, one only rivaled by the arrival of Dunkirk, his stirring and stately new collaboration with Christopher Nolan. Zimmer spoke with us as Dunkirk hit the beaches.