They Filmed the War in Color: The Pacific War
On December 7, 1941, Japan launched its attack on Pearl Harbor resulting in the United States being thrust full force into World War II turning it into a truly global conflict. American Marines and many of the great filmmakers of the day captured color footage of the events as they unfolded the Coral Sea in flames; Guadalcanal littered with corpses; rarely seen images of the deportation of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent and much more.
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While we do see some relatively "new" footage in places, many color scenes have been observed in numerous other WWII documentaries and feature films. Other viewers who have seen the film and reviewed it on Amazon suggest that this film is best viewed with the sound turned off. I have to concur with that sentiment.
The script and and narration track was written by the same man who directed the film, frenchman Rene-Jean Bouyer, who in my view, writes with a deceitful, anti-American slant. The film is laced with inaccuracies, half-truths, and erroneous conclusions. It is modern day revisionist history written by a left leaning partisan with no serious writing or producing credentials. There are only two history sources (non-degreed individuals without titles), both French, as is most of the film's production team.
Every mistake, lost battle, or racial prejudice committed by the Americans is highlighted; yet air and sea battles that the U.S. won against the Japanese were not -- according to the film's narration -- due to superior skill, bravery or American resolve, but merely because of "technological superiority." Footage covering the post A-bomb attacks have received the usual treatment. It seems that the filmmaker only begrudgingly acknowledges that the United States won the war against Japan, which he implies, was done with the help of the "free French forces" who we see are present at the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri. Now that's new footage I hadn't seen before! If you are determined to see every possible bit of footage shot in WWII, go ahead and rent this film, but do try it with the sound turned down.Read more ›
For those of use who grew up with a black and white version of the war, and what was happening stateside, this is an INCREDIBLE resource.
All of a sudden it's just more "real". The weapons and materiel of war look more ominous and devasting in lush, living and breathing color.
The grunts in the jungle all of a sudden look more human- and reminiscent of the later war in Vietnam.
In one respect I think the "European Perspective" adds value to this presentation- I doubt that in an American version we'd see things that make us look less than heroic- like a bunch of jarheads getting trashed on hooch and frolicking in the surf. Also, there's some stunning footage of Japanese civilians killing themselves during one of the island campaigns.
This is a MUST have. However, like any historical document, you should always follow up on your own about anything that irks you. My advice is to go talk to a vet while you still can.
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The narrator goes on and on spitting out his own version of history where the dumb Americans win the war because they out produce the even dumber Japanese. Read morePublished on June 6, 2008 by Big Blue Sky