A series coming out this month on Netflix finds a common thread among the great directors Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler.
The three-part documentary series, “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War,” rolls out March 31. The project examines the role of Hollywood in shaping Americans’ opinions of the country’s involvement in the war, focusing on the work of five filmmakers who put everything else on hold to tell the story of the war..
In connection with the project, Netflix will also release 13 World War II documentaries by the five filmmakers:
“Prelude to War” (1942, Frank Capra)
“The Battle of Midway” (1942, John Ford)
“The Battle of Russia” (1943, Frank Capra)
“How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines” (1943, John Ford)
“Report from the Aleutians” (1943, John Huston)
“The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress” (1944, William Wyler)
“Tunisian Victory” (1944, John Huston)
“The Negro Soldier” (1944, Stuart Heisler; produced by Frank Capra)
“Know Your Enemy — Japan” (1945, Frank Capra)
“San Pietro” (1945, John Huston)
“Nazi Concentration Camps” (1945, George Stevens)
“Let There Be Light” (1946, John Huston)
“Thunderbolt” (1947, William Wyler)
Please click here for more details, and to see a trailer for the project.