Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

By | June 24, 2017
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War Author Mark Harris
ISBN-10 0143126830
ISBN-13 9780143126836
Year 2015-02-24
Pages 528
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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Now a Netflix original documentary series also written by Mark Harris premiering on March 31 2017 the extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood s most important directors all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed by it foreverHere is the remarkable untold story of how five major Hollywood directorsJohn Ford George Stevens John Huston William Wyler and Frank Caprachanged World War II and how in turn the war changed them In a move unheard of at the time the U S government farmed out its war propaganda effort to Hollywood allowing these directors the freedom to film in combat zones as never before They were on the scene at almost every major moment of Americas war shaping the publics collective consciousness of what weve now come to call the good fight The product of five years of scrupulous archival research Five Came Back provides a revelatory new understanding of Hollywoods role in the war through the life and work of these five men who chose to go and who came back Five Came Back is one of the great works of film history of the decade SlateA tough minded information packed and irresistibly readable work of movie minded cultural criticism Like the best World War II films it highlights marquee names in a familiar plot to explore some serious issues the human cost of military service the hypnotic power of cinema and the tension between artistic integrity and the exigencies of war The New York Times

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