The short Netflix docu-series Five Came Back, based on a book of the same name, takes an in-depth look at the forefathers of combat cameramen, following the directors and cinematographers who gave up flashy Hollywood careers to go to the front lines in the Pacific, Europe, and North Africa to document the carnage of World War II.
Leaping from the cushy chair of Hollywood, John Huston, John Ford, Frank Capra, William Wyler, and George Stevens crafted war films that inspired and informed the American public. But the three-part series doesn't just cover the lasting legacy of the footage itself, but the insane hurdles these directors had to overcome to produce it.
The slate of documentaries produced during this era, notably Battle of Midway, D-Day, Why We Fight, and The Memphis Belle, used cutting-edge technicolor footage and compelling scenes of heroism, triumph, and causalities of war to paint an intense portrait of global conflict. Several of the camera operators died while shooting footage, and the directors themselves suffered wounds ranging from shrapnel to catastrophic hearing loss, and post-traumatic stress.
But although the footage produced by these five directors were technically produced as state-produced propaganda, the filmmakers maintained an honesty that the Pentagon tried to shut down time and again for reasons that ranged from the swearing in the aerial combat of Memphis Belle to the crass nature of the Snafu cartoon series, which featured low-brow humor and sexuality.
From Netflix, a new series on wartime filmmakersNetflix
The Pentagon feared to show the true horrors of war to the American public, worried that raw, gritty storytelling would hurt morale. The racism that African-American troops encountered even while serving in the armed forces was left on the cutting room floor by edicts from superior officers in the U.S. Army Signal Corps signal corps. Five Came Back isn't just about wartime filmmaking, but military censorship — and all the implications that come with it.
Featuring interviews by directors such as Steven Spielberg and Guillermo Del Toro, and narration by Meryl Strep, this compelling look at film-making during World War II, which features restored high definition color footage of troops in action, is a must-watch slice of military history.
SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.
It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.
First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio
first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."