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John Ford Goes to War (2002)

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When World War II broke out, John Ford, in his forties, commissioned in the Naval Reserve, was put in charge of the Field Photographic Unit by Bill Donavan, director of the soon-to-be-OSS. ... See full summary »

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When World War II broke out, John Ford, in his forties, commissioned in the Naval Reserve, was put in charge of the Field Photographic Unit by Bill Donavan, director of the soon-to-be-OSS. During the war, Field Photo made at least 87 documentaries, many with Ford's signature attention to heroism and loss, and many from the point of view of the fighting soldier and sailor. Talking heads discuss Ford's life and personality, the ways that the war gave him fulfillment, and the ways that his war films embodied the same values and conflicts that his Hollywood films did. Among the films profiled are "Battle of Midway," "Torpedo Squadron," "Sexual Hygiene," and "December 7." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on Encore earlier this a.m. I was just channel surfing and had only missed a few minutes.

Oliver Stone was accusing John Ford of what he himself does. Twisting history. John Ford's work is stirring and I agree with the other comment that not enough was shown. They did include some footage of the trivia sort--clips of the sex hygiene film Ford made that was shown to the armed forces.The men who made comments sort of sounded like little boys in the schoolyard telling dirty jokes.

One of the most moving film clips they showed was of a group of men who were going to go out on a mission. Ford had no way of knowing that none of them would return. To see those young men, smiling and so alive is really affecting. It brought a lump to my throat.

They should have shown more of his war films and had fewer "talking heads", especially the ones who had nothing to really contribute.


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