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San Pietro (1945)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short, War | 3 May 1945 (USA)
Director John Huston documents the Battle of San Pietro Infine in December 1943.

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John Huston (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mark W. Clark Mark W. Clark ... Himself - Introduction (uncredited)
John Huston ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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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 Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Documentary | Short | War

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Country:

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English

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3 May 1945 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

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Featured in U2: Outside It's America (1987) See more »

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Gritty and realistic...
17 July 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw this film while watching my copy of the 4-DVD set "Treasures From American Film Archives"--a set of mostly ephemeral films that would have otherwise been lost.

"San Pietro" is a film assembled by the US War Department to chronicle one of many battles from WWII. Like so many government films made during WWII, it is narrated by a Hollywood star (director John Huston) and I assume it was made by film makers who were in military service for the war.

The film's narration and images are surprisingly blunt and free from extreme patriotism--making it highly realistic and gripping. In other words, the film is not all about American victory but shows casualties and describes how difficult this battle was--not some jingoistic rant meant to glorify war and make it seem like the troops were super-human. While some might have thought this would demoralize the folks at home (hence it was held for release for two years), it was direct, informative and well-constructed. At times, it felt almost as if you were there in the action and was very compelling--and a nice tribute to real sacrifices made by some very brave soldiers as well as an important historical record.


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