Starring a real-life R.A.F. crew, the film is a stirring portrait of heroism during the early days of the Allied air campaign. The film won an honorary Academy Award(tm) in 1942, and was voted Best Documentary by the National Board of Review in 1941.
While the British bombed at night, the American Eighth Air Force struck during the day. Exposed to German fighters and flak, the Mighty Eighth endured huge losses before victory was secured. The fight is chronicled in Target Germany! which features B-17s, B-24 Liberators and their P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang and P-38 Lightning escorts.
Also included in this special edition DVD is a .pdf of the original Target for Tonight brochure from 1942. It can be accessed using any computer with a DVD drive.
Running time: Over 80 Minutes!
Please note: the films on this DVD come from original 16mm prints that have been digitally transferred. Due to the age and rarity of these films, sound and visual quality may vary. Please note: This DVD is recorded in the DVD-R format. It may not be compatible with first-generation DVD players. It will play normally on most computers and 99% of DVD player. Check your player's manual for more information.
Target for Tonight is another first-rate wartime documentary drama from the prolific writer-director Harry Watt. This 48-minute film details the experiences of a single Royal Air Force bomber and its courageous crew, all played by actual members of the RAF...the film's irrefutable authenticity is stamped on every frame...Target for Tonight was not only the film that "made" Harry Watt's reputation, but it also served as the prototype for all the British WW2 "semi-documentaries" to come. --Hal Erickson in the New York Times
This production is the latest and longest addition to the dramatic series made by the Crown Film Unit, of which North Sea and Merchant Seamen are typical examples. It dramatises reality and is very successful in conveying atmosphere. Suspense is built up to the start of the raid and culminates with the pictures of flak coming up at the 'plane until eventually it is hit, and then comes the agonising suspense of the voyage home both for the crew and for those waiting at the aerodrome. Harry Watt as the director has accom-plished his task very skilfully, but in a production of this nature praise must also be accorded to the producer, Ian Dalrymple, for his handling of his team of technicians which include B. Cooper on continuity, Jonah Jones on the camera and Ken Cameron on sound. It has not always been easy to match up the various sequences for density, but there is some magnificent realist photography, notably a full screen shot of a Wellington Bomber flying just above a cloud-bank. --British Film Institute Monthly Review 1941