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Action on the Beach (1964)

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Behind the scenes look at the D-Day special effects created in filming The Americanization of Emily (1964).

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The D-Day invasion scene in The Americanization of Emily (1964) lasts approximately 3 minutes on the screen. However, it took four months of setup work to prepare the location for shooting. This short shows how the production crew handled the various challenges they faced. The scene was filmed on an unidentified California beach. Sand had to be dredged; special scaffolding had to be built to accommodate the cameras and sound equipment; and explosives had to be placed properly (and safely) to simulate shelling by German troops. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Included as a special feature on the DVD The Americanization of Emily (1964) released in 2005 by Warner Home Video. See more »

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It's not that interesting...it's just a bit of self-promotion.
19 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This short film (only 6 minutes) is included as a DVD extra for the film "The Americanization of Emily". It's the original MGM promotional film that was released to draw attention to the upcoming movie. However, instead of focusing on the two leads, James Garner and Julie Andrews, its focus is on re-staging the Normandy invasion at D-Day. I thought this odd, as the landing didn't seem particularly large or convincing in the film and listening to the narrator droning about how difficult it was re-staging this seemed like disingenuous self-promotion. And, like most films of its type, it's not at all self-critical or anything other than a 'rah-rah for us' sort of thing. Easy to skip.


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