Five Came Back by Mark Harris - Hollywood Directors Go to War

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Five Came Back by Mark Harris - Hollywood Directors Go to War

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Redigerat: apr 4, 2014, 12:22 pm

I recently obtained a copy of Five Came Back by Mark Harris.

This is an excellent book about the activities of five Hollywood directors (Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, William Wyler, and George Stevens) who volunteered for military service during World War II.

It is an engaging and very well-written book! The materials in the book regarding John Ford's They were Expendable and William Wyler's The Best Years of our Lives are alone worth the cost of the book.

Mark Harris is also the author of Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood.

mar 26, 2014, 2:43 pm

When was the book published? The main work page has no information yet.

Redigerat: apr 2, 2014, 10:46 am


The Penguin Press - 2014

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Redigerat: jul 30, 2014, 2:19 am

>1 suburbguy:
I agree that this was an excellent book and that the sections on John Ford's "They were Expendable" and William Wyler's "The Best Years of our Lives" were outstanding.
I think that one of the best things about the book was its approach to its subject--making the review of the five directors' complete experiences as the way to critique the subject of 'Hollywood and WWII.'
(I hope that makes sense.)

"Pictures at a Revolution" was also fascinating.