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The Battle of Midway (1942)

TV-G  |   |  Short, Documentary, War  |  14 September 1942 (USA)
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The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

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(as Lt. Cmdr. John Ford U.S.N.R.)
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A short documentary filed during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. Focuses on the 30 men in the torpedo squadron of the US Aircraft Carrier Hornet.

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On June 4-6, 1942, a large Japanese force attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but was defeated by U.S. forces with a loss ratio of 4:1 in favor of the Americans. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford; their documentary footage was edited together with narration by Hollywood actors. The film covers the attack on Midway, some limited aerial footage, the search for survivors, and aftermath of the battle. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Bitka za Midvej  »

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Footage of James Roosevelt, not taken by John Ford's crew, was added after the rest of the editing had been finished. See more »

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Anchors Aweigh
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This is the real thing here-not a re-enactment
11 October 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This incredible compilation of footage won an Academy Award. It was shot by a crew of war cameramen that included John Ford, who I understand actually took some of the footage himself! While watching this, remember that you generally can effectively aim either a camera or a weapon at any one time, but not both and, as a cameraman has his eye to the lense while shooting, that means that he's exposed to all of the nasty stuff flying all around him with little or no cover! That's called "grace under pressure". They got an Oscar and deserved a medal! Highly recommended.


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