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Kokoda Front Line! (1942)

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Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of ... See full summary »

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Peter Bathurst ...
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Damien Parer ...
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Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of supplies, wounded men being carried on stretchers by native porters, and men leaving camp to go to the front. There's a tiny bit of possibly staged combat footage. A narrator explains that the Japanese soldiers are expert at disguise, and how important support from the home front is. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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18 September 1942 (Australia)  »

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Cinesound Review No. 568  »

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Whilst filming the World War II Marine occupation of Peleliu Island by the USA, cameraman Damien Parer was shot dead by Japanese forces on 17th September 1944. This date was exactly two years to the day that this film, Kokoda Front Line! (1942), had premiered in Sydney, Australia, on 17th September 1942. See more »

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24 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Kokoda Front Line! (1942)

*** (out of 4)

This Australian film was one of four pictures to get a Best Documentary Oscar in 1942, the first year of the category. Damien Parer was the photographer who was on the front lines and shot all of this footage and while this 9-minute short shouldn't be called a masterpiece, I think it's at least fair to say it's very important from just a historical perspective. I thought that we really got some terrific footage to view here including getting to see some soldiers as they were pretty much just standing around waiting to go into battle. There are some terrific shots of the men waiting around for their orders and we get some other exciting stuff as well. The most dramatic footage actually happens early on and it's when a plane takes off and is trying to clear a hill of trees. I won't ruin what happens but it's quite an image. I think this film is mainly going to appeal to those who enjoy these older WWII shorts and there's no doubt that history buffs should get a kick out of the footage.


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