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by Mark Harris


It’s also an amazingly vivid chronicle of history through the setting of the second World War-for example how initially timid studios were about saying anything negative about the Nazis in films out of fear of losing film revenue overseas. Also, because there was a fairly vocal isolationist movement in the US opposing America getting involved with a war that doesn’t concern us, those who did speak up against the bombings going on in Europe were often silenced by antisemitism.

Five Came Back enables us to watch the films of Ford, Capra, Wyler, Huston and Stevens with new insight

Five Came Back enables us to watch the films of Ford, Capra, Wyler, Huston and Stevens with new insight. The New Yorker: A splendidly written narrative. San Francisco Chronicle: Can't-put-it-down history of World War II propaganda film. really enjoyed Mark Harris' first book, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, about the changes in the movie industry in the late 60s. It was with great anticipation that I read his latest, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (2014) which combines two of my greatest interest-films and WWII history.

ALSO BY MARK HARRIS Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood THE PENGUIN .

ALSO BY MARK HARRIS Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood THE PENGUIN PRESS Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) LLC 37. You are supporting writers and allowing Penguin to continue to publish books for every reader. Five came back : a story of Hollywood and the Second World War, Mark Harris.

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. Director It's a Wonderful Life. One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd.

In Five Came Back, he gives us something even more remarkable: the untold story of how Hollywood changed World .

In Five Came Back, he gives us something even more remarkable: the untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the director's lens. It is little remembered now, but in prewar America, Hollywood's relationship with Washington was decidedly tense. In Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris turned the story of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 into a landmark work of cultural history about the transformation of an art form and the larger social shift it signified.

In Five Came Back, Mark Harris, an Entertainment Weekly columnist, examines the . Five Came Back, modestly subtitled A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, is a tough-minded, information-packed and irresistibly readable work of movie-minded cultural criticism.

In Five Came Back, Mark Harris, an Entertainment Weekly columnist, examines the wartime lives and work of John Huston, Frank Capra, John Ford, George Stevens and William Wyler. 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.

Five Came Back ‘ follows five movie who made propaganda films for the American . This is Harris’s second brilliant book about movies; the first was Pictures at a Revolution, about the five best-picture Oscar.

Five Came Back ‘ follows five movie who made propaganda films for the American military during World War I. It follows five movie directors through World War II, when they left Hollywood to make propaganda and training films for the American military. John Ford, at 46 the oldest of the five, had joined the Navy three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is Harris’s second brilliant book about movies; the first was Pictures at a Revolution, about the five best-picture Oscar nominees in 1968.

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The extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood's most legendary directors, all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed forever by itIn Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris turned the story of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 into a landmark work of cultural history about the transformation of an art form and the larger social shift it signified. In Five Came Back, he gives us something even more remarkable: the untold story of how Hollywood changed World War II, and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the director’s lens.It is little remembered now, but in prewar America, Hollywood’s relationship with Washington was decidedly tense. Investigations into corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too “un-American” in its values and causes. Could an industry with such a powerful influence on America’s collective mindset really be left in the hands of this crew?When war came, the propaganda effort to win the hearts and minds of American soldiers and civilians was absolutely vital. Nothing else had the power of film to educate and inspire. But the government was not remotely equipped to harness it—so FDR and the military had little choice but to turn to Hollywood for help. In an unprecedented move, the whole business was farmed out to a handful of Hollywood’s most acclaimed film directors, accompanied by a creative freedom over film-making in combat zones that no one had ever had before or would ever have again.The effort was dominated by five directing legends: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens. They were complicated, competitive men, gifted and flawed in equal measure, and they didn’t always get along, with each other or with their military supervisors. But between them they were on the scene of almost every major moment of America’s war and in every branch of service—army, navy, and air force, Atlantic and Pacific; from Midway to North Africa; from Normandy to the fall of Paris and the liberation of the Nazi death camps. In the end, though none of them emerged unscarred, they produced a body of work that was essential to how Americans perceived the war, and still do. The product of five years of original archival research, Five Came Back is an epic achievement, providing a revelatory new understanding of Hollywood’s role in the war through the life and work of five men who chose to go, and who came back.
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My tears helped close the book

Maybe I am one of the oldest reviewers so my
perspective is different. The Second World War affected me as a child to the
point that I had to write a book about it myself, from that childhood point of
view. It was something I could not forget all my life . I saw 'the great movies'
as a child and yes, I mentioned them in my books. They too, affected me as a child.
The generations since, can only try to understand what it was like. Harris
himself may not know the collective consciousness of the time but his excellent
book brought it back to me.

Through the patriotism that infused the
directors I felt the message we got in the news shots of war in theaters of the
time. Through the thoughts they had about the " total waste of war" and the
damage it did to our souls , I could feel the thoughts I had between the age of
7 and 11.

My uncles came alive again as the Directors moved through the war
with the different branches of service. When the war ended, luckily all my
uncles and other relatives came home, at least two wounded, but alive. I knew
Harold Russell and his family.

Filming the atrocities of war so we could see it on the big screen on Saturday
matinee made us all aware of the tremendous sacrifice of life. For what? For
one man to rule the world , I often thought .

It was the pictures of the
souls in the death camps that raised the hackles! The final sickening straw!
How , why ?
The damage done to Director George Stevens who saw photographed ,
and experienced, was so real and profound . I visualized once again those
horrors. One can only imagine the soldiers who stepped up to soothe, calm, and
comfort the barely living survivors who rose from among stacks of dead bodies.
I screamed once again inside me at the utter horror of evil men who walked the
earth with us.

The horrid cruelty of prisoners and the Red Cross by the
Japanese came back and I remembered asking why the Emperor got away with this ?
Harris answered that question after all these years. I still think the Emperor
should have done something to stop the war and should have paid a price for
it.

Through the lives of five men , the war came back and though these men
where older than me by 39 plus or minus years , we shared a common collective
consciousness . I wonder if this is proof of that and how we make our
world?

I know none of us wanted war, but once we were in it we all were in it
to win. Yes, when it was over we "had enough ".

Yes, a great narrative ,
stirring and so enveloping about the time. The investigation into Communism in
Hollywood and more are all there.

Yes, a few tears peeked out as I closed the
book for the last time and put the era back to sleep in my mind , but not before
I had made comparisons about the rise of Hitler with the rise of terrorism.
History is repeating itself !
Quphagie
really enjoyed Mark Harris' first book, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, about the changes in the movie industry in the late 60s. It was with great anticipation that I read his latest, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (2014) which combines two of my greatest interest-films and WWII history. Harris follows five Hollywood directors (John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens) who enlist in the armed forces and make propaganda films and record events that take places during the war. It is a rich subject, but it felt as though most of the events that took place during the war were mired in bureaucratic read tape and doesn't make for the most compelling reading. Furthermore, most of the directors depicted in this book don't come off as heroes of the cinema: Ford and Capra in particular come off as a medal-chasing dictatorial drunk and a malleable soft-headed nationalist respectively. Huston is shown as a womanizing cheat, Wyler almost loses his hearing completely and George Stevens, the director I knew the least about is profoundly affected by bearing witness and documenting the liberation of the Dachau Prison Camp that is used as evidence of atrocities at he Nuremberg trials. I suppose it would be impossible but I should like to see a book that follows Japanese directors such as Ozu, who served in the war as well. I found the sections where Huston is assigned to the Aleutian Island War interesting, since it is a campaign I knew little about much like that of the North African campaign that ended with the battle of Tunisia that Stevens arrived to late to film. Ford got some great film at Midway and Huston made a film about the Italy invasion among other highlight. Harris meticulously uses primary and secondary sources to give a detailed picture of the lives of the directors before, during, and after the war. It's another fascinating book about American cinema and the Second World War.
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War ebook
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