Sunday, August 10, 2014

George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994)

Director: ???

Writer: George Stevens Jr.

Composers: Carl Davis, Peter Howell

Starring: George Stevens Jr., Dick Kent, Ken Marthey, Ivan Moffat, Hollingsworth Morth, Jack Muth, Irwin Shaw

More info: IMDb

Plot: Produced and narrated by George Stevens, Jr. from his father's films, this documentary of Stevens' World War II combat photo unit includes his remarkable color footage of the War in Europe (the only color film of the ground war).

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

WWII buffs aren't going to learn anything but this documentary doesn't exist to teach much.  It's 45 minutes long so good luck with that.  What you get is an interesting look into the men who formed the group Stevens' Irregulars, lead by Hollywood director George Stevens.  That probably won't interest most people so the biggest reason to watch this is for the incredible color film of the war.  That's the best part, that and the end when Jr. tells us what became of some of them and the important films they contributed to after the war.  I know Hollywood loves itself tremendously but would it have killed them to talk just a little bit more about these men and what they did outside of the movie industry?  Hmmm?  The New Line DVD has no extras. 

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