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Mark Harris Five Came Back

February 28, 201516 min
No industry professionals played a bigger role than five of America’s most celebrated directors: • John Ford joined the Navy, filmed the battle of Midway and was also present at Normandy right around D-Day. His documentary “The Battle of Midway” is the war’s first great chronicle of a battle. • William Wyler—the only Jewish man of the five—joined the Army Air Force, a decision that resulted in one of the great documentaries about a squadron of fighting men, “The Memphis Belle,” and also in his hearing loss. He used all of his war experiences to make a definitive masterpiece about the war’s aftermath, “The Best Years of Our Lives.” • John Huston made two important documentaries during the war, “Report from the Aleutians” and the largely faked “Battle of San Pietro,” and one right after the war, “Let There Be Light,” about mentally ill veterans in an army hospital. • George Stevens was present in the North African campaign, the liberation of Paris, and th

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