This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the ... See full summary »
This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the Allied forces from the Germans. Written by
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One of the 50 films in the four-disc boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by The National Archives and Records Administration. The movie was shot by six Signal Corps cameramen under Maj. John Huston's direction, but his five-reel version was considered too anti-war and it was cut to the 32 minute-version eventually released. See more »
John Huston's second of three documentaries made during WW2. This one shows the graphic battle of San Pietro where more than 1,100 American soldiers died. I had heard a lot about this film over the years and while it was a good movie I was somewhat letdown due to some of the hype I had heard. I watched the 32-minute version, which was included on the Treasures from the American Film Archives collection, but I believe there are a couple other longer versions out there that feature more footage of the dead soldier. The U.S. government called this film "anti-war" and I wouldn't say that but the film does show the viewer the casualties of what's going on. The digging of the graves was an eerie sight. A lot of people praised Huston's narration but I found it to be quite distracting.
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