Five Came Back

Five Came Back

A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War

Book - 2014
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Traces the World War II experiences of five legendary directors including John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens to assess the transformative impact of the war and period beliefs on Hollywood.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594204302
Branch Call Number: 791.430233 H2427F 2014
Characteristics: 511 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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JoePilla Jan 13, 2015

This is an admirable chronicle of the WW2 activities of five of the most famed Hollywood directors.
The issues of the value (and perils) of propaganda and the use of reenactment in documentary films are as timely today as during WW2. Harris expertly puts these five men's military experiences in context of the wider war, Hollywood history, and their careers and films. I learned quite a lot about men whose biographies and movies I thought I knew well.

ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"In his previous book, Pictures at a Revolution, author Mark Harris wrote about the 1967 nominees for Best Picture and how they reflected a changing culture. Here, he explores the stories of five big-name directors who joined the war effort in the 1940s; one documented the flights of the Memphis Belle, while another captured the liberations of Paris and Dachau. In discussing how their work in the armed services affected them personally and professionally, Harris also addresses the division in Hollywood between those who supported the U.S. joining the war and those who didn't." Popular Culture May 2014 newsletter


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